By Nigel Copsey
Anti-fascism has lengthy been some of the most energetic and dynamic parts of radical protest and direct motion. but it's a space of fight and well known resistance that continues to be principally unexplored by way of historians, sociologists and political scientists.
Fully revised and up-to-date from its previous variation, this e-book maintains to supply the definitive account of anti-fascism in Britain from its roots within the Thirties competition to Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists, to the road demonstrations and on-line campaigns of the twenty-first century. the writer attracts on a magnificent diversity of resources together with legit govt, police and safeguard providers documents, the writings and reminiscences of activists themselves, and the courses and propaganda of anti-fascist teams and their opponents.
The booklet strains the ideological, tactical and organisational evolution of anti-fascist teams and explores their frequently advanced relationships with the mainstream and radical left, in addition to assessing their effectiveness in battling the extraordinary right.
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However, Mosley's meeting was cancelled, with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Lord Trenchard, foreseeing even more serious disorder than Olympia as White City could potentially hold 80,000-90,000 people. 80 The Metropolitan Police had requested the Chairman of the White City Board to demand a bond from Mosley to cover possible damage costs, but this was deliberately set so high that Mosley was forced to cancel the booking. As the idea of the United Anti-Fascist League was apparently being forwarded, an 'Anti-Fascist Special' was published by the CPGB, which claimed that 'the nucleus' of a United Front Anti-Fascist Movement already existed in the British Anti-War Movement.
Moreover, the Jewish communal leadership as 44 Anti-Fascism in Britain represented by the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD) and defended by the Jewish Chronicle UC), continuously advised Jews to avoid anti-fascist demonstrations and maintain a low profile in order not to publicise Mosley or give substance to the claims of anti-Semitic propaganda that Jews were pro-communist. The Board of Deputies appeared convinced that British traditions of liberalism and tolerance would resist anti-Semitism.
The events at Manchester have been mentioned, but other notable clashes occurred at Stockton-on-Tees in September and Oxford in November. According to one former BUF member, the small branch at Stockton-on-Tees had faced considerable hostility from the local Communist Party in 1933, with individual members being attacked and meetings disrupted. This had led the BUF to bus in activists from Manchester and Tyneside, to march alongside the Teesside contingent in a show of force to Stockton's Market Square on 10 September 1933.
Anti-Fascism in Britain by Nigel Copsey