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“It’s a white fight and we’ve got to win it”
Culture, violence, and the transatlantic far right since the 1970s
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Kyle Burke examines the origins and evolution of a varied yet coherent movement of white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and skinhead groups in the United States and Britain. Since 1980 they have worked across national borders, trafficking in shared ideas, interests, and industries. Making the case that white people in the United States and Britain inherited a common ethnic, cultural, and religious past—and therefore faced common challenges at the end of the twentieth century—they circulated texts, populated internet chat rooms and message boards, and planned international gatherings. Advocating violence against their perceived enemies at home and abroad, they denounced immigrants and non-whites as inferior and unassimilable and ranted about Jewish conspiracies for world domination. As this movement coalesced, the British National Front and United States’ National Alliance enlisted its members as shock troops, hoping to tap the well-spring of white rage against the emerging post-Cold War order. But they struggled to control the movement and channel its violence for their own ends. Even so, by the mid-1990s this movement had radiated into continental Europe, the former Soviet Union, and parts of Latin America, drawing more adherents but also more scrutiny from governments.

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