Toward a global history of white nationalism
in Global white nationalism
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This chapter explores the roots of the contemporary resurgence of white supremacy evident in terrorist violence and electoral gains by the racist right. It shows how white nationalism emerged as a response to the forces of decolonization, civil rights, mass migration, and the rise of international institutions. Assumptions of white supremacy that had been widely held by whites throughout the world were challenged and reformulated as Western elites professed a commitment to colour-blind ideals. Far from a disappearing ideology, white nationalism proved resilient and adaptive. White nationalists were not ignorant provincials, but formed key connections with counterparts throughout the world. Understanding past ties among white nationalists helps explain why Brexit advocate Nigel Farage allied with Donald Trump and why the mass murderer of Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, cited Trump as an inspiration.


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