The Culture of Fascism: Visions of the Far Right in Britain

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Julie V. Gottlieb, Thomas P. Linehan
I.B.Tauris, Mar 4, 2004 - History - 254 pages
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"The history and ideologies of the Far Right in Britain have been well documented, but there has been little understanding of the movement's cultural foundations. This text explores the cultural history of fascism and the Far Right and mines a seam of intense interest for both academics and students, as well as for the general reader. The book demonstrates that British fascism is essentially not just a political movement, but one that has as its goal the establishment of an all-embracing fascist culture in Britain. The contributions cover film, theatre, music, literature, the visual arts and the mass media. Striking examples of the material that they examine include fascist marching songs, "Aryan music", the creation of Mosley as a "matinee idol", even "fascist science", the cult of the "New Fascist Man" and fascist "masculinity" and "feminity". The authors demonstrate the persistence of the Far Right cultural forms from Mosley's British Union of Fascists within the present National Front and British National Party."--pub. desc.
  

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Contents

Cultural Perspectives The British Far Right
11
Reactionary Spectatorship British Fascists
27
This Fortress Built Against Infection The
45
The Developing British Fascist Interpretation
66
Cultural Representations Cultural Histories
81
The Black Shirt in Britain The Meanings
100
The Blackshirts at Belle Vue Fascist Theatre
116
Purifying the Nation Critiques of Cultural
129
Cultural Confrontations Foreign Influences
145
Another Form of Fascism The Cultural Impact
162
The Far Right and the BacktotheLand Movement
182
Notes
199
Index
247
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Julie V. Gottlieb is a lecturer in History at the University of Bristol.

Thomas P. Linehan is lecturer in History at Brunel University.

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