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Arthur Kenneth (A.K.) Chesterton was a soldier, journalist and activist whose involvement with fascist and extreme right-wing politics in Britain spanned four decades. Beginning with his recruitment to Oswald Mosley's `Blackshirts' in the 1930s, Chesterton's ideological relationship with fascism, nationalism and anti-Semitism would persist far beyond the collapse of the interwar movements, culminating in his role as a founder of the National Front in 1967. This study examines Chesterton's significance as a bridging figure between two eras of extreme right activity in Britain, and considers the ideological and organizational continuity that existed across the interwar and post-war periods. It further uses Chesterton's life as a means to explore the persistence of racism and anti-Semitism within British society, as well as examining the political conflicts and tactical disputes that shaped the extreme right as it attempted to move `from the margins to the mainstream'. This book will appeal to students and researchers with an interest in fascism studies, British political history, extremism and anti-Semitism.
|Publication date:||20th December 2019|
|Publisher:||Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Fascism & Nazism, Politics & government, Colonialism & imperialism, Nationalism, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,|
Luke LeCras holds a doctorate in history from Murdoch University in Western Australia, where he has taught undergraduate courses in global and modern European history. His research interests include fascism and right-wing extremism, nationalism and populism in contemporary British politics.More About Luke LeCras