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English Uprising

Brexit and the Mainstreaming of the Far Right

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Brexit reflected perhaps the biggest vote of no confidence in the political establishment in modern British history. Despite the vote leading to shock and dismay across the globe, this backlash against the political elite had been decades in the making. But how did we get here?

In his timely and important book, Paul Stocker examines how ideas of the far right—always a fringe movement in Britain—have become part of the cultural and political mainstream, especially via a noxious right-wing press, and how these issues are not unique to Britain. Rather, the growth of far-right populism is a Western phenomenon, and one with trends that can be witnessed across Europe, as well as the US. Ultimately, “mainstreaming” this racism has combined with populism—a growing sense that the political elite does not understand or represent the needs of ordinary Britons—which culminated in Brexit.

PAUL STOCKER has a doctorate in British far-right history from Teesside University. Based at the Centre for Fascist, Anti-Fascist and Post-Fascist Studies, he has published research on the history of far-right and fascist movements in Britain from the 1920s until the 1960s. He lives in London. This is his first book.

“Immensely readable… an impressive attempt to contextualise a situation which many people thought was simply unthinkable…. and the absence of lazy hectoring gives it a greater heft than other, similar efforts of recent times.” Irish Independent

English Uprising is an essential guide for what can happen when those in power pander to prejudices over immigration instead of tackling them. Dr. Stocker engagingly and comprehensively shows how small acorns of English nationalism sprouted into the 2016 Brexit vote…. A vital read for anyone who wants to understand why we’re on the cusp of living in Nigel Farage’s world.” —Owen Bennett, author of The Brexit Club: The Inside Story of the Leave Campaign’s Shock Victory

“A timely and engaging account of how British politics has been transformed by radical political change that so few people saw coming.” —Matthew Goodwin, author of Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union

“A good introduction to the history of racism and xenophobia in Britain, which provides important context to current political debates.” —Daniel Trilling, New Humanist

“Paul Stocker’s highly readable book skilfully explores the ways Brexit has created new opportunities for the British far right to develop its agenda, and adds much needed historical context for those who want to understand populism in Britain today.” —Dr. Paul Jackson, senior lecturer in history at the University of Northampton

“A penetrating analysis behind why Britain’s shock vote for Brexit should not have been a surprise — and the daunting challenge ahead for those of us wanting to reclaim the cultural and political mainstream from the far right.” —Thom Brooks, author of Becoming British: UK Citizenship Examined

“A compelling and disturbing examination of the way in which Britain’s political and media elites have created the conditions in which populist right-wing ideology has become acceptable.” —Roy Greenslade, professor of journalism at the City University of London

“Deeply-researched and easy to read, Stocker makes an elegant argument.” —Eric Kaufmann, author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century

“Paul Stocker has written a timely, well researched and engaging book on Brexit and the mainstreaming of racism and the far right in Britain, placing these at the centre of the story and analysis, providing an important historical perspective on racism, anti-immigrant xenophobia and the far right in the country.” —Dr. Aaron Winter, University of East London