"Notwithstanding their ultranationalist natures, fascists understood themselves as members of a transnational political movement," explains Arnd Bauerkämper, a professor at Freie Universität Berlin's Department of History and Cultural Studies. Although a “Fascist International” did not emerge in the inter-war period, fascist activists, groups, and regimes shared common goals and sentiments, which led them to draw on each other for support and inspiration. Italian fascism in the early 1920s and the Nazi seizure of power in 1933 inspired smaller fascist movements in different countries of Europe to seize power in their countries and to establish fascist dictatorships.
The conference is being sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
Time and Location
- Thursday, June 19, to Saturday, June 21, 2014
- Freie Universität Berlin, Henry Ford Building, Senate Assembly Hall, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz (U3)