British Fascism, 1918–1939

Parties, ideology and culture

By Thomas Linehan

British Fascism, 1918–1939

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5024-4
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: December 2000
  • BIC Category: Humanities / British & Irish history, Humanities / History, Society & social sciences / Fascism & Nazism, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism, European history, History, United Kingdom, Great Britain, History
  • Series: Manchester Studies in Modern History


A major new and balanced study of British Facism which surveys the development of British fascism between 1918 and 1939. Provides an accessible guide to the essential features of British fascism in the interwar period. Considers a previously under-researched area of British fascism, namely fascism and culture. Explores the various definitions of fascism, before moving on to analyse the origins of British fascism, the fascist parties and groups, fascism and culture, the membership, and British fascist antisemitism.


Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction: the historiography of fascist studies
1. Origins and progenitors
2. The early postwar context and the pre-fascist groups: incipient fascism?
3. The arrival of fascism: the British Fascisti and the Imperial Fascist League
4. The British Union of Fascists
5. The minor parties, 'one-man bands' and some fellow travellers
6. The membership
7. British fascism and antisemitism
8. Defining culture
9. A host of 'decadent' phenomena
10. The city, the countryside and the machine
11. Responding to the visual arts: British fascism and artistic modernism


Thomas Linehan is Lecturer in History at Brunel University

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