Mr. Richard Thurlow
B.A. (York), M.A. (Sussex)
Honorary Lecturer in History
Fascism; Political extremism & the British state security service; British fascism
Richard Thurlow's research interests relate mainly to political extremism and the British state in the twentieth century. He is particularly interested in British Fascism, the Communist Party of Great Britain, the political surveillance of extremist movements and the history of MI5, Special Branch, the British intelligence and security community, and divisions within the British State about the management and control of the political fringe.
Articles and Essays
'Charm Offensive: The Coming out of MI5', in Intelligence and National Security, 15 (1), 2000, pp. 183-190.
'The Evolution of the Mythical British Fifth Column, 1939-46', Twentieth Century British History, 10, 4, 1999, pp. 477-498.
'The Guardian of the 'Sacred Flame': The Failed Political Resurrection of Sir Oswald Mosley after 1945', Journal of Contemporary History, 33, 2, 1998, pp.241-254.
''A Very Clever Capitalist Class': British Communism and State Surveillance 1939-1945', Intelligence and National Security, 12, 2, (April 1997)
'Blaming the Blackshirts: the authorities and the anti-jewish disturbances in the 1930's', in P.Panayi (ed.) Racial violence in Britain, (Leicester University Press, 1993) pp. 112-129.
'British fascism and State Surveillance 1934-45', Intelligence and National Security, (1), 1988, pp.77-99.
'Jew Wise: Dimensions of British Political anti-semitism, 1918-1939', Immigrants and Minorities, Vol.6 No.1, 1987, pp. 44-65.
'Powers of darkness: Conspiracy, Belief and Political Strategy', Patterns of Prejudice, 12 (6), 1978, pp. 1-12. / 23.