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Dr Steven Woodbridge

Senior Lecturer in History


I am a specialist in 20th century British and European history, with particular expertise in British fascist ideology and the wider nature of fascism and the contemporary extreme right. My research has focused on both the interwar and post-1945 periods, and I keep a close eye on the current state of the far right across Britain, Europe and the wider globe.

I also have research interests in local history (especially Kingston, Richmond and the wider Thames Valley area), the history of film, British politics, political thought and ideology, the nature and impact of war, and the secret state. I also have both academic expertise in and practical experience of cemetery conservation.

Areas of specialism

  • British fascism
  • Interwar fascism and the extreme right
  • Contemporary extreme right
  • British politics
  • Political thought/ideology
  • History of film
  • Local history
  • The secret state
  • Foreign policy
  • War and society

Courses taught




  • BA (Hons) Modern Arts: History (Kingston, 1984)
  • Msc Politics with Sociology (Birkbeck, University of London, 1987)
  • PhD Political ideology of British Fascism (Kingston, 1998)

Professional membership

Member of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy


I have published articles and book contributions on the ideology, culture and nature of British fascism and the extreme right, together with other aspects of British history. I also regularly produce blogs which cover my on-going or latest research findings. I have delivered a number of staff seminar and academic conference papers on fascism and the extreme right, together with other aspects of political and social history.


Number of items: 38.


Woodbridge, Steven [Reviewer] (2016) Book Review of: 'Mosley and British Politics, 1918-32 : Oswald's Odyssey', by David Howell. Parliamentary History, 35(2), pp. 215-217. ISSN (print) 0264-2824

Woodbridge, Steven (2016) Richmond's 'Imps' : The Junior Imperial League in the 1920s. Richmond History Journal(37), pp. 64-69. ISSN (print) 0263-0958

Woodbridge, Steven [Reviewer] (2015) Book Review of 'A British Fascist in the Second World War : The Italian war diary of James Strachey Barnes, 1943-45' edited by Claudia Baldoli and Brendan Fleming. Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 20(5), pp. 752-754. ISSN (print) 1354-571X

Woodbridge, Steven (2015) Racial Fascism in Britain. Bereginya-777-Owl, 3(26), pp. 152-165. ISSN (print) 2077-6365

Woodbridge, Steven (2013) Book review of: 'Defining Democracy: Electoral Reform and the Struggle for Power in New York City' by Daniel Prosterman (2013). e-Extreme, Electronic Newsletter of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy, 14(4), pp. 8-10.

Woodbridge, Steven (2013) Rebellion revisited? Sunbury National Citizens Union, 1928-1931. Journal of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society(71), pp. 11-15. ISSN (print) 0140-1114

Woodbridge, Steven (2012) Local and vocal: Arnold Leese and British Fascism in small-town politics. Socialist History(41), pp. 43-59. ISSN (print) 0969-4331

Woodbridge, Steven (2012) Reluctant rebels: Sunbury Ratepayers Association 1923-1927. Journal of the Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society(68), pp. 2-4. ISSN (print) 0140-1114

Woodbridge, S. (2012) Richmond Library and the problem of fascist propaganda. Richmond History Journal(33), pp. 37-40. ISSN (print) 0263-0958

Woodbridge, Steven (2011) Awakening Richmond: the National Citizens Union and fears of socialism. Richmond History Journal(32), pp. 75-79. ISSN (print) 0263-0958

Woodbridge, Steven (2010) Christian credentials? The role of religion in British National Party ideology. Journal for the Study of Radicalism, 4(1), pp. 25-54. ISSN (print) 1930-1189

Woodbridge, Steven (2009) Fraudulent fascism: the attitude of early British fascists towards Mosley and the New Party. Contemporary British History, 23(4), pp. 493-507. ISSN (print) 1361-9462

Woodbridge, Steven (2009) A spy in Richmond: the Adams espionage case of 1939. Richmond History Journal(30), pp. 74-77. ISSN (print) 0263-0958

Woodbridge, Steven (2008) Fifth-Column fears in Richmond 1939-1940: a brief survey. Richmond History Journal(29), pp. 58-62. ISSN (print) 0263-0958

Woodbridge, Steven (2008) Kingston and the Congo. Ancestors(73), pp. 44-46. ISSN (print) 1474-2470

Woodbridge, Steven (2008) Kingston and the Congo: the brief career of Dr Joseph Moloney. Centre for Local History Studies Newsletter(15), pp. 6-7.

Woodbridge, Steven (2007) Using newspapers in historical research: challenges and problems. PROphile, 18(3), pp. 6-7. ISSN (print) 1759-7757

Woodbridge, Steven (2006) Book review of: 'British Fascism, the Labour Movement and the State', edited by Nigel Copsey and David Renton. e-Extreme, 7(1),

Woodbridge, Steven (2006) Hollywood in Surbiton: The Regents House Film Studio in the 1920s. Centre for Local History Studies Newsletter(12), pp. 3-4.

Woodbridge, Steven (2006) The National Citizens Union in Richmond: a brief history. Richmond History Journal(27), pp. 85-88. ISSN (print) 0263-0958

Woodbridge, Steven (2005) Book review of: 'Fascists' by Michael Mann. e-Extreme, 6(3),

Woodbridge, Steven (2005) Fascism in Richmond: a brief history. Richmond History Journal(26), pp. 34-36. ISSN (print) 0263-0958

Woodbridge, Steven (2005) The 'bloody fools': local fascism during the 1920s. Centre for Local History Studies Newsletter(9), pp. 6-7.

Woodbridge, Steven (2004) Book Review of: 'The radical right in Germany, 1870 to the present' by Lee McGowan. History, 89(294), pp. 319-320. ISSN (print) 0018-2648

Woodbridge, Steven (2000) Book Review of: 'Fascism in Britain: from Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts to the National Front', by Richard Thurlow. e-Extreme, 1(4),

Woodbridge, Steven (1999) Plots Against the World. Magonia Magazine(67), pp. 3-6.

Book Section

Woodbridge, Steven (2015) History and cultural heritage: the far right and the 'Battle for Britain'. In: Copsey, Nigel and Richardson, John E., (eds.) Cultures of Post-War British Fascism. Routledge. pp. 27-48. (Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right) ISBN 9781138846845

Woodbridge, Steven (2011) Ambivalent admiration? The response of other extreme-right groups to the rise of the BNP. In: Copsey, Nigel and Macklin, Graham, (eds.) British National Party: Contemporary Perspectives. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 101-122. ISBN 9780415483834

Woodbridge, Steven (2003) Purifying the nation: critiques of cultural decadence and decline in British neo-fascist ideology. In: Gottlieb, J.V. and Linehan, T.P., (eds.) The Culture of Fascism: Visions of the Far Right in Britain. London, U.K. : I.B.Tauris. pp. 129-144. ISBN 9781860647994

Conference or Workshop Item

Woodbridge, Steven (2013) Extremely Nazi: the ideology and networking activities of a British extreme right 'umbrella' group. In: The British Far Right in Transition; 28 Jun 2013, Northampton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Woodbridge, Steven (2012) The construction of 'History' by the British Extreme Right. In: Cultures of British fascism since WWII; 21 Mar 2012, Newcastle, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Woodbridge, Steven (2011) Universal fascist: The career and transnational ideology of major James Strachey Barnes. In: Third European Congress on World and Global History; 14-17 Apr 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Woodbridge, Steven (2008) The response of other extreme right movements to the rise of the British National Party. In: British National Party: Contemporary Perspectives; 17 Sep 2008, Teesside, U.K..

Woodbridge, Steven (2007) The attitude of Early British Fascists towards Mosley and the New Party. In: Oswald Mosley's New Party; 17th - 18th September, 2007, University of Reading.

Woodbridge, Steven (2001) Purifying the Nation : British neo-Fascist ideas on representations of culture. In: Dangerous Representations; 01 - 02 Jun 2001, Brighton, U.K..

Woodbridge, Steven (1992) The new world order and the rise of the right in the East and West: a comparative analysis. In: Conference of Socialist Economists: The New World Order - Is Capitalism Winning?; 10-12 Jul 1992, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Woodbridge, Steven (1993) Race and the British Right, 1978-1992: an introductory research guide. (Other) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : The APEX Centre, Kingston University. 66 p. ISBN 1873152205


Woodbridge, Steven (1998) The nature and development of the concept of national synthesis in British fascist ideology 1920-1940. (PhD thesis), Kingston University.

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