The Pivot of Empire: Australia and the Imperial Fascism of the British Union of Fascists

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    Abstract

    This article concentrates on the British Union of Fascists and its attempts to build a ‘New Empire Union’ in the 1930s to transform the British Empire into a fascist, self-sufficient empire. The BUF, under Oswald Mosley, believed that a fascist revolution, in Britain and in the colonies, was the only way to maintain the British Empire. The BUF hoped that Australia would become a trading partner to create a self-sufficient empire, with the goal of removing Britain from the world of ‘international finance’. While Australia was a liberal democracy, the BUF pointed to the ‘White Australia Policy’ and the treatment of the Indigenous population as examples of the hierarchical racial politics that could form the basis for a sympathetic fascist settler colony.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)378-394
    Number of pages17
    JournalHistory Australia: Journal of The Australian Historical Association
    Volume14
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017

    Keywords

    • British Union of Fascists
    • Greater Britain
    • New Guard
    • Oswald Mosley
    • settler colonialism
    • White Australia Policy

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