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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (19 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333599241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333599242
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 995,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Alan Sykes has produced a thoughtful and well-structured work, which manages to analyse a complex subject with clarity and a sure understanding of the intellectual debate...One theme that recurs throughout the book is the continuing ability of the radical right to adapt to and manipulate public grievances, which were seen as being ignored by the mainstream parties. In the troubled post-9/11 world such a book deserves a wide readership both within and, more especially, outside the academy.' - David Thackeray, Reviews in History

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ALAN SYKES was formerly Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St Andrews, UK.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin William Fox on 21 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
At the time of writing this comment there are two other comments written by individuals who have either lost the point, lost the plot, or probably both.
Alan Sykes' work is about the Radical Right in Britain, which includes British and English Nationalist movements. The Radical Right encompassed groups that ranged from modern-looking pro European Fascists to mediaeval recreationists who wanted to return to a pre-industrial 'Merry England'.
Any idiot who gets worried about the Christian Knight on the front cover, probably had difficulty getting through the first few pages.
Sykes lectured me at St. Andrews many years ago and reading his book reminded me of this man's great insight into political ideology.
Despite the ramblings of some commentators here, the political entity of Britain contained for over a thousand years four main races, the Anglo-Saxons (English), the British (Welsh), Picts and Scotts. These groups are distinct ethnic groups despite the 'New-Speak/New Think' that has obviously got to some people here.
Scottish and Welsh nationalism has historically been anti-British, and cannot be described as 'Right', but that does not mean the English are the only hotbed of British Nationalism. Take Northern Irish Protestant Nationalism which is fervently British Nationist and these communities are descended from Scottish settlers.
Anyway, Great Book, read it!
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10 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Karl Caetano Bloch on 19 July 2007
Format: Paperback
Like the other reviewers, I have never read Sykes' book but feel compelled to intervene over their absurdities. It is of great concern that an academic study of an important historical issue is being sabotaged by whatever perculiar right-wing sect has targeted 'The Radical Right in Britian', published by an imprint know for their quality of modern research. (It is laughable though... can they really have expected to have looked like anything other than an orchestrated and agressive political mob?) Such lack of education, no doubt aggravited by whatever strange cult-like leaders they adhere to, is seriously damaging for publci understanding. It is a FACT that British Nationalism has utilised St George's Cross and emblems of supposed 'Englishness'. There is no dispute. A British nationalist almost invariably understands the British Union as a rightful imposition of a culture originating from England. There are no pictures of Welsh nationalists on the cover because they have never been involved in British nationalism. It is furthermore almost impossible to imagine an English nationalism contingent and seperate from a British nationalism in todays world, since any concept of an English 'race' or 'people' would be even more couched in myth and ahistorical understanding than conventional nationalism already is. What could the 'English race' possibly be?

I encourage all who read this actively to counter and check such dangerous and damaging assertations and to protect enquiery and historical knowledge,
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2 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Re Abrams on 6 July 2007
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I am an Englishman, never ever thought myself to be British, this book talks about the radical right in Britain and yet has the Cross of St George on it's front cover WHY !
Yet again, people assume that to be English and proud then you must be a radical and from the right.
As someone who comes from a Polish Jewish immigrant family I have never considered myself left or right - I am just English and proud of that.
I won't ever buy this book and will ensure that all of the people I know throughout the English community don't buy it either.
Yet again more misrepresentation by a author who confuses England with Britain.
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