A.K. Chesterton and the Evolution of Britain’s Extreme Right, 1933-1973: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

A.K. Chesterton and the Evolution of Britain’s Extreme Right, 1933-1973

1st Edition

By Luke LeCras


208 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138624122
pub: 2019-12-20
SAVE ~$8.99
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 20th December 2019
Hardback: 9781138624115
pub: 2019-12-20
SAVE ~$31.00
Available for pre-order. Item will ship after 20th December 2019

FREE Standard Shipping!


Arthur Kenneth (A.K.) Chesterton was a soldier, journalist and activist whose involvement with fascist and extreme right-wing politics in Britain spanned four decades. Beginning with his recruitment to Oswald Mosley’s ‘Blackshirts’ in the 1930s, Chesterton’s ideological relationship with fascism, nationalism and anti-Semitism would persist far beyond the collapse of the interwar movements, culminating in his role as a founder of the National Front in 1967.

This study examines Chesterton’s significance as a bridging figure between two eras of extreme right activity in Britain, and considers the ideological and organizational continuity that existed across the interwar and post-war periods. It further uses Chesterton's life as a means to explore the persistence of racism and anti-Semitism within British society, as well as examining the political conflicts and tactical disputes that shaped the extreme right as it attempted to move ‘from the margins to the mainstream’.

This book will appeal to students and researchers with an interest in fascism studies, British political history, extremism and anti-Semitism.

Table of Contents


1. Born in War

Life before Politics, 1899-1933

2. The Blackshirt Life

The British Union of Fascists, 1933-1938

3. My Country Right and Wrong

Fascism after Mosley, 1938-1939

4. Drawing Room Fascism

The After-Victory Group, 1943, 1946

4. Sound the Alarm

Candour and the League of Empire Loyalists, 1953-1967

5. Forward to Extremists

The National Front, 1967-1973

6. What is Behind it all?

Racism, anti-Semitism and conspiracy after 1945

About the Author

Luke LeCras holds a doctorate in history from Murdoch University in Western Australia, where he has taught undergraduate courses in global and modern European history. His research interests include fascism and right-wing extremism, nationalism and populism in contemporary British politics.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right

This new book series focuses upon fascist, far right and right-wing politics primarily within a historical context but also drawing on insights from other disciplinary perspectives. Its scope also includes radical-right populism, cultural manifestations of the far right and points of convergence and exchange with the mainstream and traditional right.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism