In Post-War Britain cultural interventions were a feature of fascist parties and movements, just as they were in Europe. This book makes a new major contribution to existing scholarship which begins to discuss British fascism as a cultural phenomenon. A collection of essays from leading academics, this book uncovers how a cultural struggle lay at the heart of the hegemonic projects of all varieties of British fascism. Such a cultural struggle is enacted and reflected in the text and talk, music and literature of British fascism.
Where other published works have examined the cultural visions of British fascism during the inter-war period, this book is the first to dedicate itself to detailed critical analysis of the post-war cultural landscapes of British fascism. Through discussions of cultural phenomena such as folk music, fashion and neo-nazi fiction, among others, Cultures of Post-War British Fascism builds a picture of Post-War Britain which emphasises the importance of understanding these politics with reference to their corresponding cultural output.
This book is essential reading for undergraduates and postgraduates studying far right politics and British history.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 242
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 15 mm
"For years scholars denied the very existence of a fascist culture and largely ignored post-war developments of fascism as a political force. Cultures of Post-war British Fascism lies at the cutting edge of the new wave in fascist studies. It reveals the complex ideological, creative, and mythic contortions of British fascists who still find ways to assert the imminent or ultimate triumph of their race and creed over decadence and the new enemies of national rebirth despite the drastic shrinking of fascism's political space since 1945."
Professor Roger Griffin, Oxford Brookes University.
"This exciting new collection of essays, by the leaders in the field of British fascist studies, offers the first and a very illuminating cultural perspective on the post-war extreme Right in Britain. It follows the major paradigm shift in fascist studies to a cultural interpretation of political belief systems. By exposing the way post-war fascists have engaged with, aped, and tried to destabilize both high and popular culture in Britain, this in-depth study will make us better equipped to challenge the appeal of fascism."
Dr Julie Gottlieb, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Sheffield
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