British Extremism and Radical Politics: Collections
Make new connections in European political history and British politics while exploring the British Extremism and Radical Politics Collections. Britain, in particular, has a long and complex history with extremist groups and radical political parties, on both the far-left and the far-right. Perhaps the most well-known extremist organisations include the UK's British National Party (BNP), led first by John Tyndall and then by Nick Griffin; the UK based English Defence League (EDL), an organization founded by former BNP member Tommy Robinson that uses street demonstrations as its main tactic against Muslims; and the British Union of Fascists whose extremist supporters were famously known as "Blackshirts". Materials from these extremist parties are contrasted with those exploring the ideology of far-left parties in the United Kingdom, such as the Communist Party of Great Britain or the British National Socialist Movement, and anti-fascist organisations, such as Searchlight Associates and the 43 Group.
From oral histories, such as that of an ex-BNP mole, to extremist literature, to the private files of radical leaders, including BUF leader Sir Oswald Mosley, this collection gives researchers a broader view of the groups and individuals whose influence and extremism still affects the UK government, political parties and voter mindsets in Britain to this day.