Yeah Nah Pasaran! #074 w Julie Gottlieb on ‘Feminine Fascism: Women in Britain’s Fascist Movement’ : June 24, 2021

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah, we talk to Julie Gottlieb [Twitter]. Julie is Professor in Modern History at the University of Sheffield and the author of Feminine Fascism: Women in Britain’s Fascist Movement, 1923-1945 (I. B. Tauris, 2021), a new edition of which has just been published.

The British Fascisti, the first fascism movement in Britain, was founded by a woman in 1923. During the 1930s, 25 per cent of Sir Oswald Mosley’s supporters were women, and his movement was ‘largely built up by the fanaticism of women.’ What was it about the British form of Fascism that accounted for this conspicuous female support? Gottlieb addresses these questions in the definitive work on women in fascism.

This book continues to fill a significant gap in the historiography of British fascism, which has generally overlooked the contribution of women on the one hand, and the importance of sexual politics and women’s issues on the other. Gottlieb’s extensive research makes use of government documents, a large range of contemporary pamphlets, newspapers and speeches, as well as original interviews with those personally involved in the movement.

This new edition includes a preface analysing the current affairs of the last 20 years, reframing the book according to contemporary context. Here, Gottlieb looks at the resurgence of populism, the rise of women as leaders of far-right parties across Europe and North America, and the normalisation of fascism in fiction and political discourse.

See/hear also : Britain’s Fascist Thread, in which Camilla Schofield explores the unbroken thread of fascism in Britain (BBC Radio 4).

4.30pm, Thursday, June 24, 2021 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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One Response to Yeah Nah Pasaran! #074 w Julie Gottlieb on ‘Feminine Fascism: Women in Britain’s Fascist Movement’ : June 24, 2021

  1. violawilkins says:

    Rotha Beryl Lintorn Lintorn-Orman (7 February 1895 – 10 March 1935) was the founder of the British Fascisti, the first avowedly fascist movement to appear in British politics.

    See also “Captain Barker” Leslie Ivor Victor Gauntlett Bligh Barker “leader of the National Fascisti in London” imprisoned in Brixton then Holloway for contempt of Court, bankruptcy.

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