Beyond Histories

The British Empire, Fascism and Racism

July 08, 2020 Mark
Beyond Histories
The British Empire, Fascism and Racism
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Beyond Histories
The British Empire, Fascism and Racism
Jul 08, 2020
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In this episode Paul and Mark discuss the connections between the British Empire and the British Fascist movement with Liam Liburd, an expert in the field. To date the links between empire and fascism have been implicit and partially understood - Liam's research is deepening our understanding of these connections. British fascists and racists were often experienced in the politics of empire and threats to the empire emerging into the twentieth century can be linked to the emergence of fascist movements in Britain. Among a broad range of other issues he discusses Enoch Powell's experiences in India at length and the way the 'loss of India' shaped his attitudes to immigration in postwar Britain. The episode closes with a discussion of the recent comments made by David Starkey in relation to slavery and genocide, in particular his use of language such as 'damn blacks' but also other comments made by this historian around the time of the 2011 London riots.

You can read one of Liam's articles, published in Twentieth Century British History here: https://academic.oup.com/tcbh/article-

Liam reflects on the connections between nationalism, imperialism and the current debates about the Black Lives Matter movement in this blog: https://historyjournal.org.uk/2020/06/30/edgerton-empire-nationalism-imperialism-and-decolonisation/

Show Notes

In this episode Paul and Mark discuss the connections between the British Empire and the British Fascist movement with Liam Liburd, an expert in the field. To date the links between empire and fascism have been implicit and partially understood - Liam's research is deepening our understanding of these connections. British fascists and racists were often experienced in the politics of empire and threats to the empire emerging into the twentieth century can be linked to the emergence of fascist movements in Britain. Among a broad range of other issues he discusses Enoch Powell's experiences in India at length and the way the 'loss of India' shaped his attitudes to immigration in postwar Britain. The episode closes with a discussion of the recent comments made by David Starkey in relation to slavery and genocide, in particular his use of language such as 'damn blacks' but also other comments made by this historian around the time of the 2011 London riots.

You can read one of Liam's articles, published in Twentieth Century British History here: https://academic.oup.com/tcbh/article-

Liam reflects on the connections between nationalism, imperialism and the current debates about the Black Lives Matter movement in this blog: https://historyjournal.org.uk/2020/06/30/edgerton-empire-nationalism-imperialism-and-decolonisation/