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OTTAWA—Everywhere we turn, people are talking about history. And not just any historical event. Our eyes are trained on the rise of fascism in the 1930s and whether we are living through a similar historical moment today. There can be no doubt about a sea change in how the United States is being governed in the short weeks since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. But can this be likened to Germany in 1933 and to the crisis

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Fascism then and now? Or why history matters 

By Jennifer Evans      

The parallels between then and now are unmistakable. Yet there are important differences between how past populist-leaning governments on the left as well as the right have sought out the support of the people. Historians of Europe and Germany have been swift to take up the pen and lend our expertise to nuance the current debate. The New Fascism Syllabus curates the best of these articles from practitioners at the height of the craft and brings them to a wider public.

Protesters, pictured last week in Ottawa outside the U.S. Embassy. History tells us that an active, engaged citizenry is also a vigilant one. Perhaps this is the most important lesson of all. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
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