The Public Order Act – 1936 (2012)

The motivation to engage with this project stems primarily from the fact that the Public Order Act does not elicit a great deal of coverage in the majority of academic books pertaining to political extremism in the inter-war period, despite the fact that the history of the British Union of Fascists is largely inseparable from issues of political skirmishing and public order. In very few books the Act receives a chapter, in the majority it receives even less. In my research I have not uncovered any new material or any new historiographical contentions, nor do I seek to exculpate the British Union of Fascists (BUF) from any negative stereotypes to which they are bound. My initial inclination to research this project was because I felt that something that was such a departure from the traditional British political ethos of liberalism that had increased executive power at individual expense, and the reaction that it garnered, deserved a greater deal of exposure. Indeed, Lewis concludes that the National Governments ‘more notorious legislative and procedural innovations have left a stain upon the record of civil liberties.’[1] Furthermore in light of the current political context I felt that it would be very fitting to investigate a topic that pertained to the invasion of and reduction of civil liberties. It is often neglected that the actively anti-Fascist NCCL were amongst the most explicit critics of the Act. To that point, the Public Order Act is very useable history.

  • 10,000 words – 30 pages in length
  • Outstanding use of literature
  • Well written throughout
  • Ideal for sociology students


1- The Public Order Act, 1936: the political response

2 – The Public Order Act, 1936: the individual response

3 – The Public Order Act, 1936: police enforcement

4 – Conclusion


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