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Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars Paperback – 30 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New Ed edition (30 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844130878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844130870
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This scholarly book shows how widespread fascism was before and in tandem with Mosley's New Party, the British Union of Fascists, half the Conservative Party and many royals" (Philip Howard The Times)

"Pugh is one of the most well-respected, diligent and honest scholars working in British history today. This book deserves to be read" (Gerard DeGroot Scotland on Sunday)

"The link between a distinct wing of Conservatism and the Italian form of fascism is substantiated in this outstandingly revelatory book" (Herald)

"Fascism did not just come from the East-End toughs. It also came from women, the countryside and from parts of the industrial North. Pugh explores these various strands with a keen eye for detail and a lively sense of the absurd" (Independent)

"Superb" (Daily Telegraph)

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Timely and original, this remarkable book reveals for the first time how close Britain came to being a Fascist state in the inter-war years.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By kingofwessex on 19 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Generally, this is a readable and informative piece of social and political history, with the author succeeding in placing the disinct phenomenon of British fascism within its wider context. Thus, we are always made aware of the more general party political, economic and international climate, giving us an appreciation of how the British strain of fascism

was rooted within a set of distinct historical circumstances. Sometimes, the book relies on lists to overwhelm us with information: which members of the great and the great supported (overtly or covertly) Moseley's causes at various points in time are often inserted in the text and interrupt the narrative flow. Overall, an interesting read and would be read profitably alongside the authoritative biographies of Moseley (i.e. those by Robert Skidelsky or Stephen Dorril). Also will appeal to those with a general interest in Britain's turbulent post-war years.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Aug. 2005
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This book starts with Prussian troops circling Paris in 1870. The author then painstakingly covers the development of British politics up to 1939, putting the blackshirts, and other movements, in historical context. It is therefore somewhat thin on detail of the blackshirt movement, but is innovative in doing what the author sets out to do: show that the BUF was a logical progression of the political trends of the time, not, as many other supposedly authoritative books often present it, a baffling fluke of political history. In that objective it is successful. For detailed information about the movements themselves, this is perhaps not the book to read. It's not badly written, just badly promoted (like the title, for example).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Lindop on 30 Dec. 2012
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This is an excellent book as it looks as the Fascists in an impartial manner, a considerable change from the standard demonising of Mosley and the whole movement
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald L on 4 Sept. 2014
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Very interesting book. As one reviewer said in some parts such as the second Labour government it is a bit thin in detail but it gives an interesting picture of the closeness of some right wing politicians to fascism as a ginger group of a Conservative Party tangled in coalitions and a political system that has reduced the power of the monarch and the aristocracy. The period leading to the war and the so called Peace Party is very well covered. Overall it is very fair in its approach.
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