Political Extremism & Radicalism
Far-Right and Left Political Groups in the U.S., Europe, and Australia in the Twentieth Century:
The collections cover a period of just over a century (1900s to 2010s) when the world saw the formation of several civil rights movements, including for the rights of minorities, women's rights, and gay rights. It also encompasses the rise and fall of a number of peripheral groups deemed ‘extreme’ or ‘radical’ by contemporaries, such as anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, anti-war, communist or socialist, creationist, environmentalist, hate, holocaust denial, new left, survivalist, white supremacist, and white nationalist. The archive is global in scope - although it presents materials largely from the United States and Britain, it also showcases important factions from Europe and Australia, such as the Norwegian Nazi Party and the Australian National Socialist Party. By spanning multiple geographic regions, the resource shows the cultural impact of radical groups at a national level as well as the international networking and cross-border exchanges of extreme political movements.
Far-Right Groups in America:
Far-Right Groups in America centres on groups considered to be on the extreme right of the political spectrum, with a particular focus on white supremacist and nationalist groups in the United States, including the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nations. Researchers will have access to essential sources covering several topics that would fall under the broader theme of right-wing America including nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, Christian Identity, homophobia, political misinformation, and conspiracy theories. The archive features a range of content exploring the nature of these far-right groups with materials sourced from the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Santa Barbara; Idaho State University; the University of Iowa and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). By exploring the archive, researchers can examine the varying manifestations of far-right ideologies, looking at their emergence, growth, structure and development, as well as the identities of individual groups, both from the point of view of those critical of the groups and, more significantly, via the voices of the groups themselves.