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Fascists and Fascism in London between the Wars

This talk looks at the history of fascism in the capital from 1923 to 1939.

Although fascism in London is often associated with Sir Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists (BUF) in the 1930s, fascist organisations existed in the capital as early as 1923 and the movement continued to grow throughout the following two decades. This talk looks at how violent events such as the BUF’s anti-Semitic campaigns in the East End and the 'Battle of Cable Street' have directed attention away from the fascists' alternative strategy to cast themselves as a respectable movement, leading to 20,000 people attending a rally at Earls Court July 1939, in support of Mosley’s stance against another war with Germany.

Martin Pugh lectured in history at the Aligarh Muslim University in India on V.S.O. from 1969-71. Most of his career was spent at Newcastle University where he became Professor of Modern British History. He is currently a freelance historian and has written twelve books on nineteenth and twentieth century political and social history.


Martin Pugh | talks


Date and Time:

18 March 2008 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate
020 7392 9200

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£7, concessions £5; advance booking required

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Call 020 7392 9220 between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Additional Information:

Bishopsgate Institute is two minutes walk from Liverpool Street station.

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