This book, first published in 1986, examines the activities and beliefs of right-wing Conservatives and overt Fascists in inter-war Britain. It analyses the role that ideology played in the various struggles between leaders and dissidents within the Conservative Party, traces the development of central themes in right-wing thought and seeks to show how the complexity of these beliefs established ideological barriers to the growth of Fascism in Britain which, it is argued, was heavily reliant upon the support of disillusioned Conservatives for its limited success. The book helps to establish an overview of right-wing politics in Britain since the turn of the century.
1. Introduction Part 1. The Historical Setting 2. The Twenties 3. The Thirties Part 2. The Right-Wing Ideologies 4. Society 5. The Economy 6. The State 7. The Outside World 8. Conclusion