Arthur Kenneth (A.K.) Chesterton was a soldier, journalist and activist whose involvement with fascist and extreme right-wing politics in Britain spanned four decades. Beginning with his recruitment to Oswald Mosley’s ‘Blackshirts’ in the 1930s, Chesterton’s ideological relationship with fascism, nationalism and anti-Semitism would persist far beyond the collapse of the interwar movements, culminating in his role as a founder of the National Front in 1967.

This study examines Chesterton’s significance as a bridging figure between two eras of extreme right activity in Britain, and considers the ideological and organizational continuity that existed across the interwar and post-war periods. It further uses Chesterton's life as a means to explore the persistence of racism and anti-Semitism within British society, as well as examining the political conflicts and tactical disputes that shaped the extreme right as it attempted to move ‘from the margins to the mainstream’.

This book will appeal to students and researchers with an interest in fascism studies, British political history, extremism and anti-Semitism.

chapter |7 pages


chapter 1|22 pages

Born in war

Life before politics, 1899–1933

chapter 2|26 pages

The blackshirt life

The British Union of Fascists, 1933–1938

chapter 3|10 pages

My country right and wrong

Fascism after Mosley, 1938–1939

chapter 4|24 pages

Drawing room fascism

The After-Victory Group, 1943–1946

chapter 5|25 pages

Sound the alarm

Candour and the League of Empire Loyalists, 1953–1967

chapter 6|16 pages

Forward the extremists

The National Front, 1967–1973

chapter 7|24 pages

What is behind it all?

Racism, anti-Semitism and conspiracy after 1945

chapter |6 pages


Evolution, stagnation and the ‘fascist ghost’ after 1945