The Rise and Fall of Fascism
This chapter discusses the rise of the British Union of Fascists (BUF) and the crisis of disorder that the movement's style of political campaigning provoked. The discussion begins by tracing the origin and growth of British fascism. It then turns to a detailed discussion of the political and civil libertarian context of one of the most dramatic events of the inter-war period: the June 1934 BUF meeting in Olympia. The chapter ends with a look at the political and extra-parliamentary pressure for legislation against the fascists, which culminated in the ‘Battle of Cable Street’.
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