Ulster and the Context of British Fascism
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.
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