chapter  2
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Hitler, Charisma and Structure: Reflections on Historical Methodology Michel Dobry

This conclusion presents an overview of the key concepts covered in the preceding chapters of the book. The authors examine individual dictators, they all touch upon the three poles in the triangle during different parts of their analyses. The two main and often contradictory impulses of early twentieth century Europe - identity and equality - were intensified and simplified, by the 'charismatisation' of both the politics and the political systems of Europe. In Italy the 'charismatisation' of an event can be seen in how the Fascists exploited the Abyssinian crisis of 1935. The book uses the 'charismatic triangle' model as a tool to compare each of the dictatorships in terms of the importance in each case of the interplay between charisma from above, from below, or from the 'event'. The interplay within and between the European dictatorships, and the context of their existence are always important, but these are precisely the points that the biographical approach overlooks.