"It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless.... I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley's broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else."
So wrote George Orwell. This is a book which is essentially dedicated to the opposite view: that fascism exists as a coherent phenomenon which can be defined and studied. It is a reader compiled by one of the great academic experts on the subject, the Oxford Brookes scholar Roger Griffin.