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Ian Paisley, Protestant fundamentalism, and the transatlantic right
Daniel Geary

Fundamentalist preacher Ian Paisley was the leading opponent of extending full civil rights to Catholics in Northern Ireland. Daniel Geary explores the meaning of the transatlantic connections that Paisley and other Ulster Unionists made with American white supremacists. Such connections can be partly understood as a response to efforts by civil rights protesters in Northern Ireland to analogize themselves to African Americans, an identification that cast Unionists in the role of Klansmen. However, Paisley’s connections were rooted in long-standing ties with religious fundamentalists who were also white supremacists. For example, in 1966 Paisley received an honorary doctorate from Bob Jones University, a fundamentalist South Carolina university that fought legal battles to remain racially segregated. The chapter argues that such connections reveal that Paisley’s Unionism, a tradition with deep roots in British settler imperialism, had strong affinities with US white nationalism.

in Global white nationalism

Global white nationalism is a path-breaking transnational history of white nationalism in the English-speaking world from the post-World War II period to the present. Nine chapters from leading experts in the histories of Australia, Britain, southern Africa, and the United States explore the roots of the contemporary resurgence of white supremacy evident in terrorist violence and electoral gains by the racist right. After 1945, this book shows, white nationalism emerged across the English-speaking world as a response to the forces of decolonization, civil rights, mass migration, and the rise of international institutions such as the United Nations. Far from a disappearing ideology, white supremacy proved resilient and adaptive. As opposition to apartheid rallied anti-racists globally, apartheid and Rhodesian independence sustained white nationalists who fantasized about bygone eras of imperial British or American greatness. In the era of decolonization and civil rights, white nationalists—those on the far right and those closer to the mainstream of conservative politics—formed key connections with counterparts throughout the world. Uncovering this transnational history for the first time, Global white nationalism is essential to understanding white nationalism today.

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Toward a global history of white nationalism
Daniel Geary
,
Camilla Schofield
, and
Jennifer Sutton

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.

in Global white nationalism