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

chapter 1|19 pages


Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Australian History

chapter 2|19 pages

An Uncomfortable Past

Historiographical Reflections on Fascism and Interwar Australia

chapter 3|22 pages

Labour ‘Armies’ in the 1930s' Depression

From Industrial Disputes to Anti-Fascism

chapter 4|19 pages

Egon Kisch and Black Australia

chapter 5|17 pages

‘The Renaissance of Our Fatherland’

Fascist Rhetoric and Intra-communal Tension, Loveday Internment Group Camp 14A, 28 October 1942

chapter 6|18 pages

‘War on the Whiteman’

Australia in the Racial and Political Imagination of Britain's Far Right, 1945–1970

chapter 7|25 pages

Fascism in Exile

Ustasha-Linked Organisations in Australia

chapter 8|18 pages

European and Australian Fascisms

The Case of Ferenc Molnár and National Socialism in Cold War Australia 1

chapter 11|19 pages

‘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

chapter 13|20 pages

Fascists in And Out of Uniform

Situating Street Fascism in the Broader Context of White Supremacy