Horatio Bottomley and the Far Right Before Fascism

Socialist History Society meeting

Horatio Bottomley grew up in a prominent secularist family, knew Bradlaugh and Holyoake from a young age, before making his own career as a newspaper proprietor. He became an anti-socialist Liberal, a war-time champion of anti-German riots, and finally a leading figure in the post-1918 far right. Bottomley’s views were shaped by a moment which socialist historians have treated as the “rise of Labour”. What light does his life shine on that period, on the traditions that nurtured him, and on anti-socialist politics, more generally?

About the Speaker:
David Renton is a barrister, historian, and Professor of Practice at SOAS.