The past thirty years have seen an extraordinary growth in the literature on fascism, including British fascism. The leaders of small parties have found themselves the subject of major biographies.1 Oswald Mosley the leader of the interwar British Union of Fascists, a party that never gained any representation in Westminster, has been the subject of a major Channel Four drama series.2 Consideration has been given to patterns of support3 and ideology4 and to explanations for the failure of British fascism.5 More recently, attention has turned to the cultural values of Britain’s fascists.6 In the meantime, the electoral success of the British National Party from 2001 onwards has demonstrated that Britain’s contemporary extreme right has hardly gone away7


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  • Nigel Copsey
  • David Renton

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