Current research

This project will investigate the transnational repertoire of mass movements between 1918-1940, with regard to:

  • their public manifestations
  • their collectivism
  • their leadership cults
  • the paradox of their anti-modern modernism
NSB supporters in front of an election pillar (Beeldbank WO2)

Researcher: Casper Kirkels, MA, MSc
Promoters: Prof. dr. Peter Romijn and Prof. dr. R.A.M. Aerts (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Supervisors: dr. Madelon de Keizer and dr. Wim de Meurs (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Duration: 2009-2013
Intended publication: dissertation
Cooperation: Radboud University Nijmegen
E-journal: Fascism. Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies (Brill)

More information

The goal of this project is to bring into focus the dominant style of politics or political mobilisation during the era of emancipation and democratisation.

In this project fascism is seen not as a deviant and exceptional phenomenon outside the normal order of things, but as incorporated into a broader study of politics during the Interbellum.

The study will focus on the “style repertoire” of mass movements, in particular on the transnational formation and spread of these elements of style, and the exchange between culture and politics in that process.

At the same time the study will show that stylistic similarities do not imply idealistic connections. For example, mass movements were a phenomenon among both those in favour and those against parliamentary democracy.