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The far right in German history and politics: an introduction

Simultaneously, the economic prosperity and political stability post-1945 have significantly dampened the appeal and success of the far right which encompassed in its most aggressive forms the fascist, National Socialist and falangist movements from the 1920s to the 1940s in Italy, Germany and Spain (until 1975) respectively. The core ideological tenets that came to shape, inspire and drive such far right parties, however, are not limited to this interwar period. On the contrary, their intellectual origins can be traced back to the previous century and these same concepts and visions persist and thrive on the very fringes of acceptability in the political systems of many European states today. Marginalized examples of such far right political parties, associations and organizations can be found across western Europe in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain and, to a lesser extent, in the United Kingdom and Ireland.