Matthew Feldman

Matthew Feldman is a Professor in Contemporary History at Teesside University. He has held research fellowships at the universities of Oxford, Birmingham and Northampton, and he is currently a Senior Researcher with the Modernism and Christianity project at the University of Bergen, Norway. Among other undertakings, he writes on varieties of radical right extremism since the 20th century. His most recent books include “Ezra Pound’s Fascist Propaganda, 1935-1945” (Palgrave, 2013) and the edited collection “Doublespeak: The Rhetoric of the Far Right Since 1945” (Ibidem-Verlag, 2014).

Heil the Trump Victory

Dec 15, 2016

Donald Trump’s victory has provoked a sectarian struggle over American Jewish values. The recent, unexpected election of Donald J. Trump to the US presidency has aroused widespread fear, anxiety and, not infrequently, derision on the part of political observers—both at home and abroad. Why? At first, the answers seem obvious...

Islam and the Far Right: Is Bigotry Back?

Nov 28, 2016

Is the media responsible for the far-right backlash following acts of terrorism? *[Please refer to the mini gallery on the right for the relevant graphs.] In 2016 the different types of far-right extremism and its new, lowest-common denominator, anti-Muslim hate incidents, have taken leaps and bounds toward the mainstream. Many of...

Radicalization in a Historical Context

Jun 27, 2016

Is radicalization necessarily a bad thing?  Following the pusillanimous and gristly assassination of Jo Cox, member of Parliament for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire, the subject of radicalization is prominent in British news once more. This ought not to surprise: The arrested and charged suspect, Thomas Mair, allegedly had...

Doublespeak: Radical Right Rhetoric Today

Aug 09, 2015

How do radical political movements mask their racist rhetoric? Let us depart from a truism: Modern politics relies enormously upon shaping “the message” toward targeted groups and constituencies. Whether it’s the Labour Party’s “Controls on Immigration” or the Tories’ “blue collar cabinet,” on either side of the recent 2015 General...

Practice and Practitioners of Holocaust Denial

May 14, 2015

Debating with Holocaust deniers may be pointless, but trying to understand their motives and arguments is not. Each year, I take a vote in my “The Third Reich, 1933-1945” module at Teesside University as to whether the subject of Holocaust denial should replace an existing lecture on the development of Nazism’s...

How Should Europeans Respond to the Paris Attacks?

Jan 10, 2015

Europe should unite around its values of tolerance and individual freedom to counter radicalism. On January 7, gunmen attacked the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, including two police officers. The incident was the most devastating act of terrorism in France in half a century. Two...

Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent: Herald of Contemporary Terrorism? (Part 2/2)

May 20, 2014

What can a 1907 novel teach us about contemporary terrorism? [Read part one here.] Now, turning to other themes in The Secret Agent, these seem, equally, downplayed in critical discussion of the novel, yet central to debates about contemporary terrorism. With respect to the latter, three terrorist incidents in London over...

Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent: Herald of Contemporary Terrorism? (Part 1/2)

Apr 10, 2014

What can a 1907 novel teach us about contemporary terrorism? The modernist author Joseph Conrad "can be read," British philosopher John Gray provocatively argued, "as the first great political novelist of the twenty-first century." The case set out for this agonistic view in his 2002 "Joseph Conrad: Our Contemporary" departs...

Remembering Belzec

Jan 27, 2014

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, a look at one of the Third Reich’s nearly-forgotten death machines. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Third Reich’s invasion of Poland — a date when most scholars argue that, under the cover of total war, Nazism’s so-called "Final Solution of the Jewish...

Albert Camus: A Centenary Commemoration

Nov 06, 2013

Albert Camus believed that a true writer is at the service of those who suffer history. “Sooner or later one must get old, agree to be judged, or sentenced … the uninterrupted seeking of truth, the decision to tell it when one sees it, on every level, and to live...

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