1st Edition

A Transnational History of Right-Wing Terrorism Political Violence and the Far Right in Eastern and Western Europe since 1900

Edited By Johannes Dafinger, Moritz Florin Copyright 2022
    294 Pages
    by Routledge

    294 Pages
    by Routledge

    A Transnational History of Right-Wing Terrorism offers new insights into the history of right-wing extremism and violence in Europe, East and West, from 1900 until the present day. It is the first book to take such a broad historical approach to the topic.

    The book explores the transnational dimension of right-wing terrorism; networks of right-wing extremists across borders, including in exile; the trading of arms; the connection between right-wing terrorism and other forms of far-right political violence; as well as the role of supportive elements among fellow travelers, the state security apparatus, and political elites. It also examines various forms of organizational and ideological interconnectedness and what inspires right-wing terrorism. In addition to several empirical chapters on prewar extreme-right political violence, the book features extensive coverage of postwar right-wing terrorism including the recent resurgence in attacks.

    This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of right-wing extremism, fascism, Nazism, terrorism, and political violence.


    List of contributors

    1 Right-wing terrorism in historical perspective: An introduction

    Johannes Dafinger and Moritz Florin

    SECTION 1: In search of origins: Right-wing terror(ism) in an era of war and revolution

    2 Terrorist entanglements: Socialist perspectives on state and right-wing violence in the late Russian Empire

    Vitalij Fastovskij

    3 Oppression, terror, and “split delegitimization”: The troubled relationship between the conservative authoritarian state and its right-wing critics in Hungary between 1919 and 1945

    Béla Bodó

    4 Terror and antisemitic student violence in East-Central Europe, 1919–1923

    Roland Clark

    5 Section commentary: Right-wing extremism, the question of power, and multiple entanglements

    Felicitas Fischer von Weikersthal

    SECTION 2: Right-wing terrorism and fascism

    6 Did the Polish Minister of the Interior have to be killed? The activities of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists in the 1930s

    Magdalena Gibiec

    7 Marseilles 1934: The death of the King

    Mario Jareb

    8 Trading in arms, trading in terror: The Cagoule and right-wing terrorism in France

    Gayle K. Brunelle and Annette Finley-Croswhite

    9 Section commentary: The transnational space of fascism and terrorism

    Ángel Alcalde

    SECTION 3: Recent trends in right-wing terrorism: Eastern and Western Europe

    10 “Glocal militancy”? Transnational links of German far-right terrorism

    Daniel Koehler

    11 “Of hobbits and tigers”: Right-wing extremism and terrorism in Italy since the mid-1970s

    Tobias Hof

    12 Transnational violence and the German connection: National resistance and autonomous nationalists in the Czech Republic

    Ina Fujdiak and Miroslav Mareš

    13 “Praise the saints”: The cumulative momentum of transnational extreme-right terrorism

    Graham Macklin

    14 Identifying extreme-right terrorism: Concepts and misconceptions

    Gideon Botsch

    15 Section commentary: Researching transnational right-wing terrorism: challenges and trajectories

    Fabian Virchow


    Johannes Dafinger is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Salzburg, Austria.

    Moritz Florin is a Lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.