Agriculture in the Age of Fascism

RHN 88/2014 | Publication

Lourenzo Fernández Prieto / Juan Pan-Montojo / Miguel Cabo (eds.), Agriculture in the Age of Fascism. Authoritarian Technocracy and Rural Modernization, 1922-1945 (Rural History in Europe, vol. 13), Brepols: Turnhout 2014.

The agrarian policies of fascism have never before been studied from a comparative perspective. This volume offers an up-to-date overview, as well as new insights drawn from eight case-studies on Italy, Portugal, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Spain, Japan and Vichy France. The consensus that emerges from them is that the  agricultural and rural policies of fascist regimes tended towards modernization and that many of them resembled initiatives pursued in the post-war decades and the Green Revolution, When viewed in this perspective,  the fascist era appears less as an aberration and more as an integral part in  the global process of agrarian “modernization”, a process whose merits are now being called into question.

This book is a result of the COST-action Programme for the Study of European Rural Societies (Progressore).

Source: Brepols