Studies in Political Radicalization: Historical and Comparative Perspectives
The book series aims at stimulating historical-comparative studies on political radicalization. It promotes a new research agenda on radicalization that is critical, transnational, and interdisciplinary. To this end, the series invites comparative or case study contributions dealing with grassroots or top-down processes of far-right or far-left radicalization leading to violence, at the level of ideology, dissemination, and political practice. It calls on scholars of fascism, authoritarianism, populism, and the radical right, in particular, to further reflect on the comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary foundations of existing approaches, taking into account both their roots (if any) in the interwar era of fascism’ and their entanglement or histoires croisées with related extremist and radical phenomena, including the far left and anti-socialist and racist forms of religious fundamentalism.
The series collaborates closely with the International Association for Comparative Fascist Studies (ComFas). A key aim of the series is to underscore the historical and contemporary links between fascism and the radical right. Despite the ideological and socio-political links between these two political phenomena, a majority of works in the field approaches them in isolation, ignoring their multifaceted cooperation but also conflicts. Prospective authors are called upon to reflect on the historical trajectory and political metamorphoses of these political phenomena, on their similarities and differences, on local or national variants of generic movements or regimes, and on their multiple interactions, synchronically as well as diachronically.
Another key aim of the series is to reassess the importance of studying political radicalism in East Central Europe, in close comparison to other European or world regions. Its ultimate aim is to promote a new research agenda for studying radicalization comparatively, based on a greater convergence between various national and regional historiographical traditions while also correcting the historical bias towards focusing on Western phenomena in Anglophone social and historical sciences which is the legacy of the Cold War. It is our conviction that the study of political radicalism can function as a driving force of historiographical innovation, facilitating academic cross-fertilisation among multiple research fields and clustering interdisciplinary approaches pertaining to socio-cultural history, gender, and transnational history, to name but a few.
Series Editorial Board
Arnd Bauerkämper, Free University, Berlin, DE
Maria Bucur, Indiana University, USA
Tomislav Dulić, Hugo Valentin Center, Uppsala University, SE
Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Leandro Pereira Gonçalves, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, BRA
Roger Griffin, Professor Emeritus, Oxford Brooks, UK
Aristotle Kallis, Keele University, UK
Antonio Costa Pinto, Institute of Social science, University of Lisbon, PT
Sven Reichardt, University of Konstanz, DE
Javier Rodrigo Sanchez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ES