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  • Published: 31 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448162871
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

Hurrah For The Blackshirts!

Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars




Timely and original, this remarkable book reveals for the first time how close Britain came to being a Fascist state in the inter-war years.

Britain is celebrated for having avoided the extremism, political violence and instability that blighted many European countries between the two world wars. But her success was a closer thing than has been realized. 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 to attract the support they achieved elsewhere but fascist ideas were adopted from top to bottom of society and by men and women in all parts of the country. This book will demonstrate for the first time the true spread and depth of fascist beliefs - and the extent to which they were distinctly British.

Rich in anecdotes and extraordinary characters, Hurrah for the Blackshirts! shows us an inter-war Britain on the high-road to fascism but never quite arriving at its destination.

  • Published: 31 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448162871
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416

About the author

Martin Pugh

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. He lives in Northumberland.

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Praise for Hurrah For The Blackshirts!

This scholarly book shows how widespread fascism was before and in tandem with Mosley's New Party, the British Union of Fascists, half the Conservative Party and many royals

Philip Howard, The Times

Pugh is one of the most well-respected, diligent and honest scholars working in British history today. This book deserves to be read

Gerard DeGroot, Scotland on Sunday

The link between a distinct wing of Conservatism and the Italian form of fascism is substantiated in this outstandingly revelatory book

Herald

Fascism did not just come from the East-End toughs. It also came from women, the countryside and from parts of the industrial North. Pugh explores these various strands with a keen eye for detail and a lively sense of the absurd

Independent

Superb

Daily Telegraph

This book demonstrates for the first time the true spread and depth of fascist beliefs- and the extent to which they were distinctly British

David Graham, Manchester Evening News

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