Tag Archives: Fascism

The authoritarian nature of Viktor Orban’s ‘illiberal democracy’: A historical perspective

One of the worrying consequences of the current coronavirus crisis is that leaders with authoritarian tendencies are using it as an opportunity to exploit the emergency and entrench their powers. Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary is the latest stark … Continue reading

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A Bridge Between Extremes: New study explores the fascist and marginal career of A.K. Chesterton

For anybody interested in the nature and growth of Britain’s extreme and racist right, a new biographical study of Arthur Kenneth (A.K.) Chesterton (1899-1973) will be essential reading. The new study, A.K. Chesterton and the Evolution of Britain’s Extreme Right, … Continue reading

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Historians reflect on the UK public’s obsession with the Nazis

In any average week on the British cable and satellite TV channels, if a viewer is looking for war films with Nazi themes or documentaries on every aspect of the Third Reich, they will not be disappointed. Some of this … Continue reading

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History as Hoax: Why the TV series ‘Hunting Hitler’ is fiction not fact

The ‘Quest’ cable TV channel in the UK is currently repeating  the conspiracy series ‘Hunting Hitler’ i.e. the version originally made for the American market. Here is my verdict on the series from 2018, when a UK-narrated version was first … Continue reading

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Nazis and Witches: New article explores Himmler’s witch hunt

According to an interesting new article, the Third Reich’s obsession with a ‘pure’ Germanic past led to a renewed interest in the witch hunts that took place in early modern Germany. Writing in the new issue of History Today (September, … Continue reading

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Another conspiracy theory bites the dust: Hess was indeed Hess

One of the big challenges for professional historians in recent years has been the worrying growth of conspiracy theory. Questionable claims with no empirical evidence often spread like wild-fire across the internet and, disturbingly for scholars, are regularly taken seriously … Continue reading

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The Goebbels Quandary: German government in dilemma over bungalow used by Nazi propagandist

Retain or demolish? A luxury bungalow used by the notorious Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels has raised difficult ethical questions about the ways in which buildings associated with dictatorship and intolerance in the past should be treated in the present. … Continue reading

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