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Authoritarian conservatism after the war: Julius Evola and Europe

Furlong, Paul 2005. Authoritarian conservatism after the war: Julius Evola and Europe. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 11 (2) , pp. 5-26.

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Abstract

The article analyses and assesses the development of the post-war thought of Julius Evola. Evola's initial writings in the inter-war period were from an ideological position close to the Fascist regime in Italy, though not identical to it. Over a long and prolific writing career he developed a complex line of argument, which synthesises the spiritual orientation of writers such as Rene Guenon with the political concerns of the European authoritarian Right. The paper argues that notwithstanding the changed circumstances, Evola remained committed to the 'Traditionalism', broadly defined, with which he had been associated before 1945, and that his success lay in his capacity to adapt his strategic perspective without sacrificing the fundamentals of his conservative authoritarian position. The continuing use of his work among the radical Right, and the appearance of many of his writings in English translation for the first time, suggest that he should be taken more seriously by academic analysis than has hitherto been the case.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Publisher: Imprint Academic
ISSN: 1744-9413
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 03:13
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/66427

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