Global white nationalism

From apartheid to Trump

Edited by Daniel Geary, Camilla Schofield and Jennifer Sutton

Global white nationalism


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4705-9
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: September 2020
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Society & social sciences / Political ideologies, Society & social sciences / History of ideas, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, Politics, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism
  • Series: Racism, Resistance and Social Change


This book offers the first transnational history of white nationalism in Britain, the US and the formerly British colonies of Rhodesia, South Africa and Australia from the post-World War II period to the present. It situates contemporary white nationalism in the 'Anglosphere' within the context of major global events since 1945. White nationalism, it argues, became more global in reaction to the forces of decolonisation, civil rights, mass migration and the rise of international institutions. In this period, assumptions of white supremacy that had been widely held by whites throughout the world were challenged and reformulated, as western elites professed a commitment to colour-blind ideals. The decline in legitimacy of overtly racist political expression produced international alliances among white supremacists and new claims of populist legitimation.


'It is impossible to understand the political dynamics of Europe, the United States and many other parts of the world without coming to terms with the resurgence of white ethnic nationalism and white supremacism. What makes that understanding so difficult is that these movements are at once intensely local and - paradoxically - highly globalised. This superb collection of essays illuminates the relationships of white nationalist reactions to the large-scale historical forces of colonialism, globalisation and cultural and economic change. At once accessible and authoritative, it fuses erudition with urgency, the past with the present.'
Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times columnist and writer

'This timely and intelligent collection sheds light on a disturbing phenomenon that has taken root not least in Europe and North America: White Nationalism.'
Gerald Horne, author of White Supremacy Confronted: U.S. Imperialism and Anticommunism vs the Liberation of Southern Africa, from Rhodes to Mandela

'Long dismissed as a fissiparous fringe, the white right comes under serious scrutiny in this unsettling trans-historical collection. Fuelled by feelings of betrayal and loss, the precursors to modern white racial populism are found here amongst baleful networks of Powellites, Paisleyites, neo-Confederates, and unreconstructed imperialists.'
Saul Dubow, author of Apartheid, 1948-1994

'A timely and compelling study of the historical evolution of white nationalism across spatial boundaries, this pioneering work addresses a significant lacunae in our historical knowledge and provides invaluable insight into contemporary political formations in the age of Brexit and Trump.'
Kerry Pimblott, University of Manchester


Toward a global history of white nationalism - Daniel Geary, Camilla Schofield, and Jennifer Sutton

In the shadow of slavery and empire
1 Black pasts, white nationalist racecraft and the political work of history - Kennetta Hammond Perry
2 'Regular White man': Reveries of reverse colonisation - Stuart Ward
3 Wild power: The aftershocks of decolonization and black power - Bill Schwarz

Opposing civil rights
4 Enoch Powell's America / America's Enoch Powell - Clive Webb
5 From Belfast to Bob Jones: Ian Paisley, Protestant fundamentalism, and the Transatlantic right - Daniel Geary

Nostalgia for white rule
6 'One last retreat': Racial nostalgia and population panic in Smith's Rhodesia and Powell's Britain - Josiah Brownell
7 Transatlantic white supremacy: American segregationists and international racism after civil rights - Zoe Hyman

The far right in the Anglosphere
8 White Australia alone? The international links of the Australian far right in the Cold War era - Evan Smith
9 "It's a white fight and we've got to win it": Culture, violence, and the Transatlantic far right since the 1970s - Kyle Burke

Postscript: Islamophobia and the struggle against white supremacy - Omar Khan


Daniel Geary is Mark Pigott Associate Professor in American History at Trinity College Dublin

Camilla Schofield works in the School of History at the University of East Anglia

Jennifer Sutton is an Independent Scholar

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