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Fascist Scotland by [Bowd, Gavin]
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'[A] well-written and provocative book' --Morning Star

About the Author

Gavin Bowd teaches French at St Andrews University. He has published widely on Scottish, French and Romanian culture and politics. He is also a poet, fiction writer, journalist and translator.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2599 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4GU6NO
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It is clear that this book has created a "stooshie" as we say in Scotland. It was the basis of an article in "Scotland an Sunday" which highlighted the parts of the book describing the links between the nationalist groups in Scotland at the time and the far-right dictatorships in Europe. The third chapter is entitled "The Nats and the Nazis" and discusses the flirtation of some extreme nationalists such as Wendy Wood with fascism and also Nazi interest in Scottish Nationalism. One of the two Amazon reviews on the website at the time of adding this one clearly reflects the views of some nationalists towards the content and timing of publication.

However the book is even handed; the first chapter discusses Scotland's role within the British fascist movement, chiefly Mosley's New Party and its successor the Union of Fascists. Here the Labour Party feature strongly; Bowd discusses the role of one of the main defectors to the New Party, the Labour MP for West Renfrewshire Robert Forgan. The second chapter looks at the level of Scottish support for the Nationalist side in the Spanish Civil War; much of it is a case study of the Duchess of Atholl, a Conservative MP, who left the party over appeasement and the policy of Non-Intervention in the Civil War, and the bitter by-election campaign in her constituency. Bowd here describes how many Tory supporters and MPs, often drawn from the ranks of the nobility, sided with Franco.

The subsequent embarrassment of supporting fascism is thus fairly evenly shared within the Scottish political groupings of the time.
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This well written and researched book should be read by all persons of voting age so they can understand the violent and threating activities of traitors,spies,Fascists and Nationalists in our not so distant past some of which activities exist to the present day.
Following on a chapter on Deputy Fuhrer Hess arriving in Scotland in 1941 to meet the Duke of Hamilton a history of the development of Moselys blackshirt thugs in Scotland in the 1920s and 30s with consequent riots in all Scottish cities is given.
The main part of the book is devoted to Scottish traitors and Nazis in particular Nazi associations with Scottish Nationalists.It is surprising how many Scots were traitors, Fascists or Nazis and the majority are exposed in the bookbut what is most disturbing is the Nazi association with Scottish Nationalists who were driven by theor dislike of the English.
Some of this hatred exists to the present day by death threats being given by Scottish Nationalist supporters to the author and a young girl and anyone they take a dislike to.
The author has done a considerable service by exposing the dark past and how some of it exists to the present day.
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I find the other 2 reviews on here quite interesting given that they were both posted before the book had even been released. Bizarre to say the least.

Bowd's book is a brilliant analysis of the fascist movement in Scotland during WW2 and while only one chapter addresses the SNP's fascist roots in the shape of their former leader Arthur Donaldson, many seem to have jumped to some quite ridiculous conclusions.

This is not an anti SNP book in any way shape or form. It merely highlights the inconvenient truth for many separatists up here that their party was formed and founded by those who saw a victory for Nazi Germany as an opportunity to promote Scottish independence.

It's a long and detailed read but the conclusions that Bowd draws are both clear and concise. It could be that those who disagree with this just don't like hearing what the truth is.
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Gavin Bowd teaches French at St Andrews University. This very illuminating book, which should really be titled fascism in Scotland, gives us many facts about the Scottish National Party's past which make uncomfortable reading for its members.

Many of its early leaders were fascist landowners, who backed Hitler and Mussolini. In the 1930s, it allowed the Scottish Union of Fascists to join en bloc.

In January 1939, Douglas Young, who led the SNP from 1942 to 1945, wrote, "If Hitler could neatly remove our imperial breeks somehow and thus dissipate the mirage of Imperial partnership with England etc he would do a great service to Scottish Nationalism." In August 1940, Young wrote, "The Germans will look around for aborigines to run Scotland and it is to be wished that the eventual administration consist of people who have in the past shown themselves to care for the interests of Scotland."

Bowd comments, "Young thus showed the ambivalent, to say the least, attitude of Scottish Nationalists towards Fascism. Hatred of the English led to the downplaying of the Fascist threat to freedom and peace, while more radical Nationalists could be attracted to the authoritarian and xenophobic solutions offered by the Führer and the Duce." Bowd details the treacherous activities of leading Scottish separatists during World War Two.

Similarly, the SNP policy of `independence in Europe' has rotten roots. After World War Two, Oswald Mosley's new slogan was `Europe a nation'. Mosley's British Union of Fascists was the first party in Britain to call for European union. Mosley's most loyal lieutenant, the Scot Raven Thomson, the BUF's Director of Policy, pursued a policy of `Scotland in Europe'.
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