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Fascism comes to America

  • Prof. Dr. Bruce Kuklick
Thursday 4 May 2017
LUC Campus
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595DG Den Haag

About the event

Throughout the twentieth century, American politicians and political commentators, followed by novelists and the producers of popular culture, have agonized about the terrifying menace of fascism, and its ability to corrupt the constitutional republic of the United States, supposedly moderate, strong, and firm. Despite the antithesis between democratic and fascistic values, many people have believed that this horrible other imperils the United States, perhaps because the flame attracts the moth, or because Americans will effloresce into what they truly are, or because they allow themselves to become weak in the face of evil. I examine these issues, assisted by clips from Hollywood movies over eighty-five years."

Bruce Kuklick - University of Pennsylvania Department of History is Nichols Professor of American History Emeritus. His historical interests are broadly in the political, diplomatic, and intellectual history of the United States; and in the philosophy of history. He has won all the major teaching prizes given by the University, including the Senior Class Award. In 2004 he was elected to the American Philosophical Society. He has written a dozen books among them one on baseball, To Every Thing A Season. His most recent books include Blind Oracles: Intellectuals and War from Kennan to Kissinger published by Princeton University Press in 2006; a biography of African American philosopher William Fontaine, Black Philosopher; White Academy, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2008; and a political history of America, One Nation Under God, published by Palgrave-MacMillan in 2009. With Emmanuel Gerard his latest book has just appeared from Harvard University Press. Death in the Congo: Murdering Patrice Lumumba examines the politics of the Belgium Congo in 1960.


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