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By Dave Renton

ISBN-10: 0230599133

ISBN-13: 9780230599130

ISBN-10: 1349414107

ISBN-13: 9781349414109

ISBN-10: 1403919712

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Despite international battle II and the Holocaust, postwar Britain used to be no longer resistant to Fascism. by means of 1948, a wide and assured fascist flow were demonstrated, with a powerful community of neighborhood organizers and public audio system, and an viewers of millions. even if, inside of years, the fascists had collapsed, lower than the strain of a winning anti-fascist crusade. This ebook explains the way it used to be that fascism may possibly develop so quick, and the way it then went into decline.

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The young Nazi organisations were considered by most German people to be too weak to matter. 145 Meanwhile, British society had moved to the left since the 1930s. 147 The feats of Russia in the war were met with a huge Aid Russia campaign, sponsored by Churchill’s wife, but involving hundreds of thousands of people who saw Russia as some beacon of hope. Two communists involved in the campaign were bemused to find that their ideas were now ‘official’: We . . suddenly find ourselves addressing large and influential audiences on the achievements of the Soviet Union.

85 If Cross is right then the story would finish in 1940, fascism was stopped there and then. 88 The majority of fascists involved in local groups were left at large. Those not detained were free to meet, or to start their own new papers and publications. 90 Joseph Thumwood, previously the district leader of Kensington branch of the BUF, distributed leaflets with the details of German radio stations. 92 Jorian Jenks, formerly the BUF’s agricultural correspondent, was invited on to the executive of the Council for the Church and the Countryside, where he could freely socialise with such fellow-thinkers as H.

Several prominent Mosley fascists refused to take part in the Union Movement. Nellie Driver, from Nelson BUF, dropped fascism for Catholicism. 152 Henry Williamson begged Mosley not to start the Union Movement. As he later told a friend, ‘I wanted [Mosley] to write his memoirs instead. ’153 Leslie Grundy wrote in his memoirs: I never renewed my membership of the Union Movement . . The intrigue, duplicity, dishonesty and treachery in British politics disgusted me . . 154 From 1945 onwards, Robert Saunders attempted to contact former members of the BUF living in southern England.

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