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Fascism and Constitutional ConflictThe British Extreme Right and Ulster in the Twentieth Century$
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James Loughlin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941770

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941770.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Ulster and the Context of British Fascism

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(p.1) Introduction
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(p.iii) Fascism and Constitutional Conflict
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James Loughlin

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941770.003.0001

This section identifies the influence of Irish developments in establishing the context in which British proto-fascism developed in the early years of the twentieth century. It has a focus on the British Brothers League (BBL) which emerged in the wake of the large influx into London of mainly Jewish immigrants from western Russia and identifies antisemitism as a central factor driving the development of the BBL and as an element of later fascist movements. It also registers the factors that limited the BBL’s development, a mainly one-issue movement whose demands were met by the Aliens Act of 1905, narrow geographic recruitment and the lack of a charismatic leader. This section also examines the significance of the threatened Ulster rebellion of 1912-14 as a factor influencing inter-war debate about the prospects for successful fascist revolt in Britain.

Keywords:   proto-fascism, Irish developments, antisemitism, immigration, limitations

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