Tomorrow Belongs to Us
The British Far Right since 1967
Edited by Nigel Copsey, Matthew Worley
Routledge – 2018 – 276 pages
This book traces the varied development of the far right in Britain from the formation of the National Front in 1967 to the present day. Experts draw on a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives to provide a rich and detailed account of the evolution of the various strands of the contemporary far right over the course of the last fifty years. The book examines a broad range of subjects, including Holocaust denial, neo-Nazi groupuscularity, transnational activities, ideology, cultural engagement, homosexuality, gender and activist mobilisation. It also includes a detailed literature review. This book is essential reading for students of fascism, racism and contemporary British cultural and political history.
With so much attention being monopolized by Jihadism, 'Tomorrow Belongs to Us' is a timely and sobering reminder that in the last 50 years Britain’s extreme right subculture, far from withering away, has continued to adapt to domestic and international events, and still retains a disturbing capacity for fomenting local ethnic hatreds, poisoning democracy, and inspiring political murders, despite its impotence as party-political force. - Roger Griffin, author of Fascism: An Introduction to Comparative Fascist Studies (2018).
This edited volume brings the historian’s concern with a richly temporal and contextual understanding of events and processes to the study of a range of key issues in contemporary studies of the far and populist radical right. Its cross-disciplinary approach does much more than fill in the gaps in our knowledge. It provides new insight into the shifting ideologies and mobilisational successes and failures of political movements on the far right of the political spectrum but also, and innovatively, into their subcultural, symbolic, gendered and emotional worlds. - Hilary Pilkington, Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester
Introduction Nigel Copsey and Matthew Worley
1.‘The Men who Rewrite History’: Holocaust Denial and the British Far Right from 1967 Mark Hobbs
2.The National Socialist Group: A Case Study in the Groupuscular Right Daniel Jones and Paul Jackson
3. The National Front, and the search for a ‘nationalist’ economic policy John Richardson
4. Exporting fascism across the Commonwealth: the case of the National Front of Australia Evan Smith
5. The dog that didn’t bark? Assessing the development of cumulative extremism between fascists and anti-fascists in the 1970s Alex Carter
6. White Youth: The Far Right, Punk and British Youth Culture, 1977–87 Matthew Worley and Nigel Copsey
7. Whatever it takes: Designing British neo-fascist rock, 1987-2007 Ana Raposo and Roger Sabin
8. The obnoxious mobilised minority: homophobia and homohysteria in the British National Party, 1982-199 George J. Severs
9. Reflections on women’s involvement in Britain’s contemporary far right Hannah Bows
10. "There’s a vital lesson here. Let’s make sure we learn it": Transnational mobilization and the impact of Greece’s Golden Dawn upon extreme right-wing activism in Britain Graham Macklin
11. Love Will Tear Us Apart: emotions, patriotism and the English Defence League C.M. Quinn
12. The British Far Right Since 1967 – A Bibliographic Survey Craig Fowlie
Nigel Copsey is Professor in Modern History in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University, UK.
Matthew Worley is Professor of Modern History in the Department of History at the University of Reading, UK.