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Tamir Bar-On

Tamir Bar-On
Dr. Tamir Bar-On at ITESM
Born (1967-06-23) June 23, 1967
Beersheba, Israel
Known for research in right wing movements in Europe

Tamir Bar-On (born June 23, 1967)[1] is a scholar studying the French Nouvelle Droite (ND) or European New Right (ENR) and its relationship to fascism. A Canadian citizen, Bar-On is a Full Tenured Professor in the Department of International Relations and Humanities at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Campus Querétaro, Mexico. He is also a member of the SNI - Sistema Nacional de Investigadores - Mexico's National System of Researchers.


  • Biography 1
  • Academic Work 2
    • Where Have All the Fascists Gone? 2.1
    • Rethinking the French New Right 2.2
    • The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport 2.3
  • Works 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Bar-On completed his BA and MA in political science at York University (Toronto), while he earned his Ph.D. from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec). The title of his dissertation was "The Ambiguities of the Intellectual European New Right, 1968-1999."[2] His external thesis advisor was British historian of fascism Roger Griffin.[3] Bar-On was formerly a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at DePaul University (Chicago), as well as a professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo (Ontario), University of Windsor, and George Brown College (Toronto).

Academic Work

Andreas Umland calls Bar-On's Where Have All The Fascists Gone? (Ashgate, 2007) "the most comprehensive scholarly investigation into the ENR in the English language yet."[4] He argues it is "destined to become a standard reference and perhaps even the most influential English-language study on the subject for years to come."[5] Griffin penned the "Foreword" to Bar-On's Where Have All The Fascists Gone?, which argues that the ENR is a "modern revitalization movement" with intellectual roots in the neo-fascist milieu.[4]

Where Have All the Fascists Gone?

Where Have All The Fascists Gone? examines how fascists in the post-World War II period often jettisoned open violence and waved the "post-fascist" and "anti-fascist" banners.[6] For example, the ND meets many though not all of Stanley Payne's exhaustive criteria of fascist movements or regimes of the inter-war era.[7] Yet, the leading ND intellectual, Alain de Benoist, attempted to revive the tradition of the inter-war Conservative Revolution (CR), which legitimised Fascist and Nazi regimes.[8] The ND worldview is an "ambiguous synthesis of revolutionary Right or Conservative Revolution (CR) and New Left (NL) ideals,"[9] which Bar-On summarizes in the equation: "CR + NL = nouvelle droite."[9] The Israeli historian of fascism Ze'ev Sternhell argued fascism was first born in France as a union of ultra-nationalism + Marxist revisionism.[10] Similarly, Bar-On posits that the most sophisticated revision of postwar-neofascism is the product of French intellectuals such as Alain de Benoist, who fused New Left concerns of the 1968 generation with revolutionary Right-wing longings for a homogeneous identity.[11] The historian John Hellman relied on Bar-On to argue that Alain de Benoist continues the "non-conformist" tradition of inter-war French thinker Alexandre Marc.

Rethinking the French New Right

Bar-On's second book on the French New Right Rethinking the French New Right offers four interpretations of the French New Right: (1) a quasi-fascist movement; (2) a challenge to the traditional right-left dichotomy; (3) an alternative modernist movement, which rejects liberal and socialist narratives of modernity; and (4) a variant of political religion.[12]

The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport

The world’s most popular sport, soccer is a global and cultural phenomenon. The television audience for the 2010 World Cup included nearly half of the world’s population, with viewers in nearly every country. As a reflection of soccer’s significance, the sport impacts countless aspects of the world’s culture, from politics and religion to business and the arts.

Each chapter features representative players, providing specific examples of how soccer comments on and informs our lives. These players—selected from a wide array of eras, countries, and backgrounds—include Diego Maradona, Pelé, Hugo Sánchez, Cha Bum-Kun, Roger Milla, José Luis Chilavert, Zinedine Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi, Neymar, Clint Dempsey, Mia Hamm, and many others.

Employing a unique lens to view a variety of topics, The World through Soccer reveals the sport’s profound cultural impact. Combining philosophical, popular, and academic insights about our world, this book is aimed at both soccer fans and academics, offering readers a new perspective into a sport that affects millions.[13]



  • The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport, Lanham and New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. ISBN 978-1442234734
  • Rethinking the French New Right: Alternatives to Modernity, London and New York: Routledge, 2013. ISBN 978-0-415-81405-8
  • Where Have All the Fascists Gone?, Hampshire and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7546-7154-1

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “A Response to Alain de Benoist,” Journal for the Study of Radicalism, vol. 8, no. 2, (2014).
  • “The French New Right: Neither Right, Nor Left?,” Journal for the Study of Radicalism, vol. 8, no. 1, (2014), pp. 1–44.
  • “The French New Right´s Quest for Alternative Modernity,” Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies 1 (2012), pp. 18–52.
  • “Is the New Left today’s French New Right?,” Retos Internacionales 5 (Fall 2011), pp. 85–105.
  • “Transnationalism and the French Nouvelle Droite,” Patterns of Prejudice 45 (3) (2011), pp. 199–223.
  • “The Neo-Fascists Take Rome: How About Toronto or Mexico City?,” Retos Internacionales 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 66–79.
  • “Revolutions in World History” (Editor’s Introduction), Retos Internacionales, 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 7–8.
  • "Understanding Political Conversion and Mimetic Rivalry", Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions 10/3 (December, 2009), pp. 241–264.
  • "Fascism to the Nouvelle Droite: The Dream of Pan-European Empire", Journal of Contemporary European Studies 16/3 (2008), pp. 329–345.
  • "Fighting Violence: A Critique of the War On Terrorism", International Politics 42 (2005), pp. 225–245.
  • "A Critical Response to Roger Griffin's ‘Fascism's new faces and new facelessness in the post-fascist epoch’", Erwagen, Wissen, Ethik (Deliberation, Knowledge, Ethics) 15/3 (April 2004), pp. 307-309.
  • "The Ambiguities of the Nouvelle Droite, 1968-1999", The European Legacy 6/3 (2001), pp. 333–351.
  • "The Ambiguities of Football, Culture, and Social Transformation in Latin America", Sociological Research Online 2/4 (1997), pp. 1–17.

Chapters in edited volumes

  • “Fascism to the Nouvelle Droite: the quest for pan-European empire,” in A. Mammone, E. Godin, and B. Jenkins (eds.), Varieties of Right-Wing Extremism in Europe (Routledge, 2013), pp. 69–84.
  • “Italian Post-War Neo-Fascism: Three Paths, One Mission?,” in Ruth Wodak and John E. Richardson, Analysing Fascist Discourse: European Fascism in Talk and Text (Routledge, 2013), pp. 42–55.
  • “Intellectual Right-Wing Extremism: Alain de Benoist’s Mazeway Resynthesis Since 2000,” in Uwe Backes and Patrick Moreau (eds.), Right-Wing Extremism in Europe (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011), pp. 333–358.
  • "Quebec Separatist Conflict", in Nigel Young (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Peace(Vol.3) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 602–605.
  • "European New Right", "Globalization," "Gramsci", and "GRECE" entries in Cyprian Blamires (ed.) (with Paul Jackson), World Fascism: A Historical Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2006), pp. 211–214; 280-281; 286; 290-291. ISBN 1-57607-940-6
  • "A Critical Response to Roger Griffin's ‘Fascism's new faces" in Roger Griffin, Werner Loh, and Andreas Umland, (eds.), Fascism Past and Present, West and East (Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2006), pp. 85–92. ISBN 978-3-89821-674-6
  • "The Ambiguities of the Nouvelle Droite, 1968-1999", in Harvey Simmons and Sergei Plekhanov (eds.), Is fascism history?: selected papers (Toronto: Centre for International Security Studies, 2001).


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  2. ^ ,1968-1999,” Ph.D. dissertation, McGill University, (Montreal, Quebec, 2000)The Ambiguities of the Intellectual European New RightTamir Bar-On, “
  3. ^ Roger Griffin’s homepage at Oxford Brookes University
  4. ^ Andreas Umland, "The European New Right: neo- or post-fascist," review of Tamir Bar-On, Where Have All The Fascists Gone?, Patterns of Prejudice 43/2 (2009).
  5. ^ Umland, pp. 198-199.
  6. ^ Tamir Bar-On, Where Have All The Fascists Gone? pp. 15-19.
  7. ^ Bar-On, Where Have All The Fascists Gone? pp. 15-19
  8. ^ Bar-On, Where Have All The Fascists Gone? pp. 29-30.
  9. ^ a b Tamir Bar-On, "Fascism to the Nouvelle Droite: The Dream of Pan-European Empire", Journal of Contemporary European Studies 16/3 (2008), p. 329.
  10. ^ Ze'ev Sternhell, Neither Right nor Left: Fascist Ideology in France (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986) and Ze'ev Sternhell (with Mario Sznajder and Maia Asheri), The Birth of Fascist Ideology: From Cultural Rebellion to Political Revolution (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1994).
  11. ^ Tamir Bar-On, Where Have All The Fascists Gone?, pp. 29-36.
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External links

  • The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global SportAmazon:
  • Rethinking the French New Right.Alternatives to ModernityRoutledge:
  • Where Have All The Fascists Gone?Amazon:
  • Tamir Bar-On, Where Have All The Fascists Gone?, "Introduction," pp. 1–19, available at:
  • , 1968-1999The Ambiguities of the Nouvelle Droite
  • Prison Writings: The Roots of CivilisationBook review for Abdullah Ocalan,
  • Where Have All The Fascists Gone?Interview and book launch (York University, 2008) for
  • What’s Right?: A Review Essay
  • Navigating between region, nation, and Europe: The French (European) New Right’s alternatives to modernity
  • Tamir Bar-On's Blog
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