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"Not Italian or German, but British in Character": J. F. C. Fuller and the Fascist Movement in Britain

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Author: Watson, Mason W.
Advisor: Levitan, Kathrin, 1977-
Committee Members: Corney, Frederick C.; Seidl-Gomez, Kathrin
Issued Date: 2012-05-08
Subjects: Britain
Fascism
J. F. C. Fuller
Italian-Ethiopian War
British Union of Fascists
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/16695
Description: Major-General J. F. C. Fuller was among the most influential leaders of the British Union of Fascists during the latter part of the 1930s. My thesis explores Fuller's role in the British Fascist movement both as a political and military theorist and as a political activist and parliamentary candidate. Although Fuller's primary contribution to British fascism was his effort to moderate the BUF's violent image and ideology (hoping to transform the BUF into an institution consistent with what he conceived to be "British" values), he was nevertheless a virulent anti-Semite who was closely associated with some of the most extreme elements British pro-Nazi fringe. Fuller's role within the BUF was therefore ambiguous - while he was in some senses an important voice for moderation, he was at the same time one of the party's most extreme and committed ideologues.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in History


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