1st Edition

Far-Right Revisionism and the End of History Alt/Histories

Edited By Louie Dean Valencia-García Copyright 2020
    456 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    454 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In Far-Right Revisionism and the End of History: Alt/Histories, historians, sociologists, neuroscientists, lawyers, cultural critics, and literary and media scholars come together to offer an interconnected and comparative collection for understanding how contemporary far-right, neo-fascist, Alt-Right, Identitarian and New Right movements have proposed revisions and counter-narratives to accepted understandings of history, fact and narrative. The innovative essays found here bring forward urgent questions to diverse public, academic, and politically minded audiences interested in how historical understandings of race, gender, class, nationalism, religion, law, technology and the sciences have been distorted by these far-right movements. If scholars of the last twenty years, like Francis Fukuyama, believed that neoliberalism marked an 'end of history', this volume shows how the far right is effectively threatening democracy and its institutions through the dissemination of alt-facts and histories.

    1. Far-Right Revisionism and the End of History

    Louie Dean Valencia-García

    Part I: Rewriting the Past: The History of History and Alternate Timelines

    2. The Myth of the Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: The Extreme Right and the American Revision of the History and Historiography of Medieval Spain
    S.J. Pearce

    3. The Black Legend and Its Shadow: Re-writing Colonial Narratives, the Blind Spots of Racism and the Rise of Conservative Nationalisms
    René Carrasco

    4. The Far Right and Women’s History

    Charlotte Mears

    5. The Wheel That Never Ceases: Reinventions of the Spanish Second Republic for a New National Right (2004-2017)
    Iker Itoiz Ciáurriz

    6. The Alternative Historiography of the Alt-Right: Conservative Historical Subjectivity from the Tea Party to Trump
    A.J. Bauer

    7. The Extremist Construction of Identity in the Historical Narratives of Alexander Dugin’s Fourth Political Theory
    Charles Robert Sullivan and Amy Fisher-Smith

    Part II: The Past in the Present: History in the Public Sphere

    8. The Problem of Alt-Right Medievalist White Supremacy, and Its Black Medievalist Answer
    Cord J. Whitaker

    9. Getting Medieval Post-Charlottesville: Medievalism and the Alt-Right
    Thomas Blake

    10. Dresden Will Never Be Hiroshima: Morality, the Bomb and Far-Right Empathy for the Refugee
    A.K.M. Skarpelis

    11. Between Past and Present: Allied Sexual Violence as a 'Usable Past' in Contemporary Italy
    Stephanie De Paola

    12. 'Long Live the Polarization': The Brazilian Radical Right and the Uses of the Past Under Jair Bolsonaro
    Vinícius Bivar

    Part III: History of the Future: Law, Science and Technology

    13. Hate Groups and Greco-Roman Antiquity Online: To Rehabilitate or Reconsider?
    Curtis Dozier

    14. Past Continues: The Instrumentalisation of History in the Countries of Former Yugoslavia
    Maja Nenadovic and Mario Mažic

    15. Esoteric Fascism Online: 4chan and the Kali Yuga
    Marc Tuters and the Open Intelligence Lab

    16. The Rise and Fall of the Far Right in the Digital Age
    Louie Dean Valencia-García

    17. Transforming the Law: Canada’s Bill C-16, Gender and Post-Truth Politics
    Tyler Stacy

    18. 'A Large and Longstanding Body': Historical Authority in the Science of Sex
    Jeffrey W. Lockhart

    19. Essentially a Lie: Challenging Biological Essentialist Interpretations of Transgender Neurology

    Tristan Fehr

    20. The Country of the Future No More

    Lauri Tähtinen


    Louie Dean Valencia-García is Assistant Professor of Digital History at Texas State University, has taught at Harvard University, and is founding co-chair of the Council for European Studies at Columbia University’s Critical European Studies Research Network. He is Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right.