‘British Union of Fascists: newspapers and secret files, 1933-1951’ is British Online Archives’ latest primary source collection and a welcome addition to the ‘Politics and Protest’ series.
‘British Union of Fascists’ charts the rise and fall of fascism in Britain during the 1930s and 1940s, with a particular focus on Oswald Mosley’s blackshirt movement.
The bulk of the documents are official BUF publications, including Fascist Week¸ The Blackshirt, The East London Pioneer, and Action. In addition, there are hundreds of government documents relating to Mosley’s internment under Defence Regulation 18B during the Second World War.
The sheer volume and quality of material is likely to provide students and scholars with unique insights into British fascism from both sides of the political divide, allowing them to place events such as the Olympia rally, the Battle of Cable Street, and the Daily Mail's infamous 'Hurrah for the Blackshirts!' headline into a broader historical context.
Indeed, in the words of David Renton, the author of Fascism, Anti-Fascism and the 1940s, this collection “dispels the myth that this has always been a tolerant and consensual society.” The resources are therefore “an invaluable record for all who want to understand Britain’s hidden history of political violence.”
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