I am a specialist in 20th century British, European and world 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 and institutions, political thought and ideology, the nature and impact of war, and the role of intelligence and the secret state. I am the editor and manager of the History at Kingston blog site, to which I regularly contribute. In addition, I also have both academic expertise in and practical experience of cemetery conservation, and have contributed to policy reviews on this at both municipal and national levels.
Senior Lecturer in History
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.
Woodbridge, Steven (2020) One of the first deniers? Conspiracy and early Holocaust denial in the post-war writings of Arnold Leese. The British Association for Holocaust Studies (BAHS) website,
Woodbridge, Steven (2019) Reaction or revolution? Early interwar assessments of the nature of British Fascism in the 1920s. Storia e Futuro, 50, ISSN (online) 1720-190X
Woodbridge, Steven (2019) Land, home and nation : the ideology and activities of the Land and Home League, 1911-1918. Journal of History and Cultures(9), pp. 4-29. ISSN (online) 2051-221X
Woodbridge, Steven (2019) Radical Readers : The Left Book Club in Richmond during the 1930s. Richmond History, 2019(40), ISSN (print) 0263-0958
Woodbridge, Steven (2018) Local, Global and Appealing to Women : The launch of the League of Nations Union in Richmond. Richmond History Journal, 2018(39), pp. 63-69. ISSN (print) 0263-0958
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 (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, S. (2012) Richmond Library and the problem of fascist propaganda. Richmond History Journal(33), pp. 37-40. ISSN (print) 0263-0958
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, 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: 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) 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) 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 (2020) Inspired by the same spirit? British fascists and the Italian model in the 1920s. In: Colacicco, Tamara and Gabellone, Anna Rita, (eds.) Fascism and anti-fascism in Great Britain. Florence, Italy : Pacini publications, Italy. (In Press)
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
Woodbridge, Steven (2018) Inspired by the same spirit? British Fascists and the Italian model during the 1920s. In: Fascism and anti-Fascism in Great Britain; 26 Nov 2018, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
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, uk.bl.ethos.245811.