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Author LeCras, Luke

Title A.K. Chesterton and the Evolution of Britain's Extreme Right, 1933-1973
Published Milton : Routledge, 2019


Description 1 online resource (181 pages)
Series Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right Ser
Routledge studies in fascism and the far right
Contents Cover; Half Title; Series; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Born in war: life before politics, 1899-1933; 2 The blackshirt life: the British Union of Fascists, 1933-1938; 3 My country right and wrong: fascism after Mosley, 1938-1939; 4 Drawing room fascism: the After-Victory Group, 1943-1946; 5 Sound the alarm: Candour and the League of Empire Loyalists, 1953-1967; 6 Forward the extremists: the National Front, 1967-1973; 7 What is behind it all? Racism, anti-Semitism and conspiracy after 1945
Conclusion: evolution, stagnation and the 'fascist ghost' after 1945Bibliography; Index
Summary 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
Notes 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
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Subject Chesterton, A. K. (Arthur Kenneth)
Chesterton, A. K. (Arthur Kenneth)
Fascists -- Great Britain -- Biography
Right-wing extremists -- Great Britain -- Biography
Right-wing extremists -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Fascism -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Racism -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Antisemitism -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Fascism & Totalitarianism.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Political Parties.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Leadership.
Politics and government.
Race relations.
Right-wing extremists.
Great Britain -- Race relations.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780429792335