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Pre-1919
Organised British fascism is rooted in the mix of social Darwinism, eugenics and Scientific racism that were prevalent around the First World War.

This revealed itself through various patriotic and racist groups that were formed, such as the British Brother League (BBL).

The BBL claimed that Jewish immigrants competed with British workers by accepting lower wages and were responsible for overcrowding and the creation of slums in the cities.

1919-1930
The first active fascists appeared after World War One. The most notable of these was the British Fascists (BF) founded in 1923 by Rotha Lintorn-Orman and her mother.

Its ideas of imperial unity were complemented with organised military ranks. Some of its divisions were trained in jujitsu and unarmed combat. Ideological differences caused the group to splinter and finally wind up.


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Petticoat Lane in the Jewish Quarter of London

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