The British Union of Fascists : newspapers and secret files, 1933-1951

Image Alt Text

Fascism in Britain 1933-1951

Fascism in Britain 1933-1951

British fascism dispels the myth that this has always been a tolerant and consensual society. The material here will be an invaluable record for all who want to understand Britain's hidden history of political violence
David RentoMember of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, he has lectured at three universities.

 Access the full collection

Get full access to all 13,847 pages that make up the The British Union of Fascists : newspapers and secret files, 1933-1951 collection.

Institutions

Sign up for a FREE trial 

Single User License

Purchase a license below to view the full collection.

1 week license £20 1 month license £40

Already have a license? Sign in to view the collection

See how fascism became a real force in British politics before World War 2

Image Alt Text
These papers cover the growth of the British Union of Fascists and the impact of World War 2 upon them. The documents include both their official publications and the imprisonment of their leader Oswald Mosley. The pre-war fascist newspapers include Fascist week, The Blackshirt and The East London Pioneer. Action was published from February 1936 until June 1940, by which point a growing number of the BUF were interned. Sir Oswald and Lady Diane Mosley’s imprisonment caused much debate. These papers include government records of why they were arrested and Oswald Mosley’s time in prison. Other items include official intelligence reports upon both Mosleys.

Contents

The British Union of Fascists : newspapers and secret files, 1933-1951...

Containing 13,847 pages belonging to 78 documents housed in 10 volumes...

View the Volumes & Documents 
Image Alt Text

Volumes

Prison Dept.: registered papers (Series 2)

PCOM 9: Prison Commission and Home Office

Right-wing extremists: Sir Oswald Mosley/Lady Mosley

KV2: Security Service : personal files (PF series). Arranged in date order, the documents in files KV2/884-KV2/897 relate to Sir...

WAR: Defence Regulation 18B detainee: MOSLEY, Sir Oswald

HO 45 Home Office : registered papers, comprising: HO 45/24891: Action leading up to Detention Order no. 824,545/103. - HO...

Defense Regulation 18B, Advisory Committee papers: Sir Oswald Mosley

HO 283 Home Office files, comprising: HO283/6: Details of British Union of Fascists Companies, 1940-1941. - HO283/7: Financial accounts of...

Insights

  • The newspapers in this collection all use similar tactics to convince people that fascism was the only answer to their problems. By analysing them, the reader can see the tactics enabled these fascists to gain a following.
  • The miscellaneous papers of BUF members include letters written by and on behalf of interned British fascists during World War Two.
  • The imprisonment of the BUF's leader, Oswald Moseley, is covered here in detail. These papers include both the government's records on why he was held and the notes taken at his internment hearing.
Back to Top