The ‘Holy Storm’: ‘Clerical Fascism’ through the Lens of Modernism 1

  title={The ‘Holy Storm’: ‘Clerical Fascism’ through the Lens of Modernism 1},
  author={Roger Griffin},
  journal={Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions},
  pages={213 - 227}
  • Roger Griffin
  • Published 18 May 2007
  • Art
  • Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions
It is nearly 30 years since, wielding the Occham principle more like a machete than a razor, the American historian Gilbert Allardyce set himself the task, in his article “What Fascism is Not: Thoughts on the Devaluation of a Concept”,2 of rooting out the unsightly weed of ‘fascism’ as a generic term from the manicured garden of the Human Sciences. The argument he marshalled on that occasion seems curiously passé now that comparative fascist studies are thriving with a luxuriance and degree of… 
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