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Hurrah for the Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars
by Martin Pugh
Britain is celebrated for having avoided the extremism, political violence, and instability that blighted many European countries between the two world wars. However, disillusionment with parliamentary democracy, outbreaks of fascist violence, and fears of communist subversion in industry and the Empire ran through the entire period. Fascist organizations may have failed t ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Random House UK
(first published March 1st 2005)
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Fascinating account of fascism in the UK until the end of WW2. Typically, histories of fascism focus on those countries where fascism took power, and there's a tendency to interpret the history of the previous few decades (social, political and cultural currents) as indications of that society's inevitable drift towards fascism. In contrast, I'm used to thinking of early 20th century British history in the context of quite different narratives - the rise of the labour movement, women's suffrage; ...more
Martin Pugh was Professor of British History at Newcastle University and Research Professor in History at Liverpool John Moores University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the advisory panel of the BBC History Magazine, and the author of over twelve books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century history.More about Martin Pugh...