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In the last dozen years or so, populist ideas and leaders have certainly increased their influence in Europe, in North and South America, in Asia and the Muslim world. Bulgaria has likewise not been spared this trend. Often accompanied by nationalism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, Europhobia, anti-globalism, extremism, integrism, the wave of populism is advancing confidently, is achieving serious results at elections, is expanding its hold on the minds of considerable numbers of people. What are the roots and causes of its dissemination in politics, culture, ways of thinking, what is the fertile ground on which it flourishes, what are the means it adroitly uses, where does its force lie?
The great achievement of this team of prominent French historians and political scientists consists in the scientific description, identification, and analysis of this vague and uncertain concept, at the core of which lies the negative appeal "no to...". The authors outline the various dimensions and forms of populism, which is taking the place of political representation and undermining the foundations of civil society and of the democratic systems. Only through in-depth knowledge can blind faith, blind support be replaced with enlightened, sober, and critical attitudes. This comparative history by Jean-Pierre Rioux and his team of authors provides us with such knowledge, which is the most powerful weapon against all possible manifestations and modifications of populism in our times.
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