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Mussolini and Hitler: charisma, regime and national catastrophe

Knox, MacGregor (2012) Mussolini and Hitler: charisma, regime and national catastrophe. In: Ibrahim, Vivian and Wunsch, Margit, (eds.) Political Leadership, Nations and Charisma. Routledge research in political communication. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 98-112. ISBN 9780415671514

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This ground-breaking and innovative book examines the influence of charisma on power, authority and nationalism. The authors both apply and challenge Max Weber’s concept of ‘charisma’ and integrate it into a broader discussion of other theoretical models. Using an interdisciplinary approach, leading international scholars draw on a diverse range of cases to analyse charisma in benign and malignant leaderships, as well as the relationship between the cult of the leader, the adulation of the masses and the extension of individual authority beyond sheer power. They discuss idiosyncratic authority and oratory, and they address how political, social and regional variations help explain concepts and policies which helped forge and reformulate nations, national identities and movements. The chapters on particular charismatic leaders cover Abraham Lincoln, Kemal Atatürk, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Gamal Nasser, Jörg Haider and Nelson Mandela.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
D History General and Old World > DG Italy
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2013 10:18
Last Modified: 18 May 2024 03:00

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