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Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music

Music, Youth and International Links in Post-War British Fascism

The Transformation of Extremism

Authors: Shaffer, R.

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  • Traces the evolution of post-war fascism in the UK into an international movement
  • Utilises a range of interviews with key figures within the movement
  • Examines how music became a conduit for the fascist movement
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This book examines the domestic evolution and international connections of post-war fascists in the UK. It argues that post-war British fascism became transnational as the radicals increasingly exchanged ideas, money and culture with like-minded foreigners. Using interviews with key figures in several countries, this book traces the history of the National Front (NF) and British National Party (BNP), focusing on the political parties’ youth, music and international outreach. It explores how British fascism grew into an international movement, how fascist youth developed skinhead music as a conduit for their ideas, and how some of those key figures made international connections with people in Iraq, Libya, Syria and the United States. Moreover, it also draws from rare internal party documents, law enforcement records and membership lists to track foreign funding and the parties’ domestic electoral growth. For the first time, this book gained access to both the leadership and rank-and-file of the BNP and NF to explore its culture and international connections. In doing so, it shows the successes, failures and changes that have made British fascism a force in the international extremist subculture.

About the authors

Ryan Shaffer is an historian and writer. His academic work focuses on Asian and European history with particular interest in extremism and political violence. He has published over 150 articles, reviews and chapters about European and South Asian politics in popular magazines and scholarly journals.

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“One strength of Shaffer’s book is the extensive interviews he carried out with NF and BNP leaders … . the book is valuable for showing how fringe movements function, recruit, and negotiate the difficult waters of local and national politics.” (Roland Clark, The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 12 (2), 2019)


“Shaffer has made an important contribution to the study of British fascism. His empirical approach provides an invaluable, and very readable, guide to the many, tiny groups and splinter groups, as well as the variegated ideological trends, that have fostered this complex, marginalized movement from the 1960s to the present day.” (Paul Jackson, History - The Journal of the Historical Association, March 06, 2019)
“In a welcome revision to this trend, Ryan Shaffer’s Music, Youth and International Links in Post-War British Fascism offers detailed examination of a milieu that, though on the margins of British politics and society, has helped to shape racist cultures in the second half of the twentieth century, and continues to campaign for extremist ideals in the twenty-first… Shaffer has made an important contribution to the study of British fascism. His empirical approach provides an invaluable, and very readable, guide to the many, tiny groups and splinter groups, as well as the variegated ideological trends, that have fostered this complex, marginalized movement from the 1960s to the present day.” (Paul Jackson, History no. 104, no. 360 (April 2019))
“Ryan Shaffer has produced an invaluable work that traces the cultural evolution of post-war fascism. The book will be essential reading for all scholars of the far-right, youth culture and post-war politics.“ (Matthew Worley, University of Reading, UK)

“In these pages are the leaders and the punters, the music and white power bands that are the children of Ian Stuart Donaldson and Skrewdriver, and many, many more. Ryan Shaffer does an especially meticulous job of documenting the international linkages that the National Socialist movement forged and the skinhead movement nurtured.” (Jeffrey Kaplan, Jilin University, China)

“In this content-rich book, Ryan Shaffer puts questions to the movers and shakers on Britain’s far right. The result is a challenging and perceptive insight into how Britain’s post-war fascists exploited music and youth to take their messages of hate to the world.” (Nigel Copsey, Teesside University, UK)

“Based on extensive scholarship Shaffer’s book provides fresh insight into the important impact that youth culture and music had in fostering the evolution of the extreme right in post-war Britain, both nationally and transnationally.” (Graham Macklin, Teesside University, UK)



Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-59668-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59667-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: January 10, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-319-86675-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Music, Youth and International Links in Post-War British Fascism
Book Subtitle
The Transformation of Extremism
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59668-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59668-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59667-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86675-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 351
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