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Histories of Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australia

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ISBN 9780367638139
December 30, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

Histories of Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australia provides a history of fascist movements and anti-fascist resistance in Australia over the last century.

In recent years, the far right has become a resurgent force across the globe, resulting in populist parties securing electoral victories, social movements organising on the streets, and acts of right-wing terrorism. Australia has not been immune to this. However, this is not merely a recent phenomenon; it has a long history of fascist and far-right groups and individuals. These groups have attempted to situate themselves within the wider settler colonial political landscape, often portraying themselves as the inheritors of a violent and exclusionary colonial past. Concurrently, these groups have linked into globalised anti-communist and white supremacist networks. At the same time, Australia has often seen resistance to fascism and the far right, from the political centre to the far left. Covering the period from the 1920s to the present day, and featuring insights from historians, sociologists, and political scientists, this book provides the most detailed account of this fascinating and important topic.

This book will be of interest to students and activists with an interest in the extreme right and anti-fascism as well as Australian history, politics, and society.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australian History

Evan Smith, Jayne Persian and Vashti Jane Fox

2. An Uncomfortable Past: Historiographical Reflections on Fascism and Interwar Australia

Andrew Moore

3. Labour ‘Armies’ in the 1930s Depression: From Industrial Disputes to Anti-Fascism

Phoebe Kelloway

4. Egon Kisch and Black Australia

Padraic Gibson

5. ‘The Renaissance of our Fatherland’: Fascist Rhetoric and Intra-Communal Tension, Loveday Internment Group Camp 14A, 28 October 1942

David Faber

6. ‘War on the Whiteman’: Australia in the Racial and Political Imagination of Britain's Far Right, 1945–1970

Luke LeCras

7. Fascism in Exile: Ustasha-Linked Organisations in Australia

Drew Cottle and Angela Keys

8. European and Australian Fascisms: The Case of Ferenc Molnár and National Socialism in Cold War Australia

Evan Smith and Jayne Persian

9. Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Perth in the 1980s

Vashti Jane Fox

10. Far Right, Far Left and Australian Engagement with Libya in the 1980s

Kyle Harvey

11. ‘I cop this shit all the time and I’m sick of it’: Pauline Hanson, the Far Right and the Politics of Victimhood in Australia

Kurt Sengul

12. Discourses of Western Civilisation in the Australian Federal Parliament

Jordan McSwiney, Eda Gunaydin and Henry Maher

13. Fascists In and Out of Uniform: Situating Street Fascism in the Broader Context of White Supremacy

Anastasia Kanjere

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Evan Smith is a Lecturer in History in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University in South Australia. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow with the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Jayne Persian is a historian, predominantly of Central and Eastern Europe displaced persons, many of whom migrated to Australia in the post-war period. She is Co-Chief Investigator on a 2022-25 ARC Discovery Project: Russian Immigrants and Anti-Communism in Cold War Australia, 1946-1966.

Vashti Jane Fox is a PhD Student at the University of Western Australia. She writes on the history of antifascism in Australia in the post-WW2 period. She is also a socialist activist and an antifascist agitator.


"This is an original and timely book with a stellar line-up of scholars. While research on the far right and fascism in Australia has grown over the years, anti-fascism and resistance have remained under explored and this book fills this significant gap magnificently."

Aurelien Mondon, University of Bath, UK

"This collection brings together the leading authorities on fascism and anti-fascism in Australia with a new generation working in the archives. It challenges our inherited understanding of the militant anti-fascism of the 1930s, and the early movements against the White Australia immigration regime. Lively and accessible, it documents the immediate predecessors to the racial populists of our own times, and the generations who resisted them."

David Renton, author of No Free Speech for Fascists