Paul is a historian of twentieth century and contemporary history, and his main teaching and research interests focus on understanding the impact of radical and extreme ideologies on wider societies.
Paul’s research currently focuses on the dynamics of neo-Nazi, and other, extreme right ideologies, in Britain and Europe in the post-war period. He is also interested in researching the longer history of radical ideologies and cultures in Britain too, especially those linked in some way to the extreme right.
Paul’s teaching engages with wider themes related to the history of fascism, genocide, totalitarian politics and revolutionary ideologies. Paul teaches modules on the Holocaust, as well as the history of Communism and fascism.
Paul regularly writes for the magazine Searchlight on issues related to contemporary extreme right politics. He is a co-editor of the Wiley-Blackwell journal Religion Compass: Modern Ideologies and Faith. Paul is also the Editor of the Bloomsbury book series A Modern History of Politics and Violence.
- Level 4: The Holocaust and its Histories
- Level 5: Comrades and Revolutions! A Global History of the Communist Movement
- Level 6: Movements and Regimes: A Century of Fascism
- Level 7: Breeding Supermen: Eugenics in Britain, America and Germany
- Distance Learning CPD: Understanding the Far Right PhD supervision.
Paul is currently lead supervisor on two PhD projects: – The ideological dynamics, and impact, of Franco Freda – The Relationship between fascist and antifascist publications in Britain in the 1970s
Paul is interested in enquiries about projects examining the history of post-war fascism. In particular, the University of Northampton hosts a major archive of material collated by Searchlight magazine, and he welcomes any projects that can draw on this material.
Paul’s career as a researcher began with his PhD thesis, which explored the history of radical and revolutionary ideologues in Britain during the First World War. This became a book, Great War Modernisms and The New Age Magazine, published in 2012. Subsequently, he has focused on the history of the extreme right in Britain, especially since 1945. Paul’s interest here is to explore the ideological, and wider cultural, dynamics of this nebulous movement, and also the relationships between ideas and action found within such a marginalised political milieu.
Paul’s current research project is an examination of one of the central, animating figures of neo-Nazism in post-war Britain, for a forthcoming book provisionally titled Colin Jordan and Britain’s Neo-Nazi Social Movement: Hitler’s Echo. This study draws on much archival material now based at the university, originally collated by Searchlight magazine.
Paul’s developing expertise on the extreme right in Britain has also allowed him to engage with contemporary issues too, and he has worked alongside partner institutions, including Show Racism the Red Card, West Midlands Police and West Sussex Council. This consultancy work has included contributing analysis to two reports on the British far right, as well as developing a range of training packages for various target audiences. This work has been connected to delivery of the Prevent Agenda, and gravitates around empowering practitioners with a knowledge base to tackle issues generated by extreme right activities. Paul welcomes future enquiries into developing similar partnerships too.
- Jackson, P. (2018) Beyond the ‘Lone Wolf’: lone actor terrorism and the far-right in Europe. In: Kallis, A., Zeiger, S. and Öztürk, B. (eds.) Violent Radicalisation & Far-Right in Europe. Ankara, Turkey: Hedayah/SETA. pp. 37-77.
- Jackson, P. (2018) Discourse of the ‘Lone Wolf’: precarity and extremism in the transnational mythology of extreme right terror. Paper presented to: Precarity, Populism and Post-Truth Politics, University of Cordoba, Spain, 01-03 February 2018.
- Jackson, P. (2018) The British extreme right, reciprocal radicalisation and the language of self-defence. Invited Presentation presented to: Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) Workshop on Reciprocal Radicalisation, The Work Foundation, Palmer St, London, 22 May 2018.
- Jackson, P. (2018) The British extreme right: an overview. Invited Presentation presented to: The Rise of Extreme Right Political Parties and Movements in Europe and its Implications for Human Rights, Cité Miroir, Liège, Belgium, 23 February 2018.
- Jones, D. and Jackson, P. (2018) The National Socialist Group: a case study in the groupuscular right. In: Copsey, N. and Worley, M. (eds.) ‘Tomorrow Belongs to Us’: The British Far Right Since 1967. Abingdon: Routledge.
- Jackson, P. (2018) The World Union of National Socialists and the cultic milieu of transnational neo-Nazism. Paper presented to: COMFAS Convention: Comparative Fascist Studies and the Transnational Turn, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 27-29 April 2018.
- Jackson, P. (2017) Beyond the ‘Lone Wolf’: lone actor terrorism and the far right in Europe. Invited Presentation presented to: The Radicalisation of Far Right Movements in Europe, Ankara, Turkey, 24-25 May 2017.
- Jackson, P. (2017) Colin Jordan and Britain’s Neo-Nazi Movement: Hitler’s Echo. London: Bloomsbury. 9781472509314.
- Jackson, P. (2017) Colin Jordan and neo-Nazism. Invited Presentation presented to: Examining the Far Right in the Midlands, The University of Wolverhampton, 01 June 2017.
- Jackson, P. (2017) Far-right groups exploit online space for propaganda. Jane’s Intelligence Review. June 2017, pp. 6-11. 0955-1247. (Accepted)
- Jackson, P. (2017) Public history and the British extreme right. Paper presented to: Public History Research Seminar Series, Senate House, University of London, Bloomsbury, London, 08 February 2017.
- Jackson, P. (2017) The extreme right space in Britain: historical context and current dynamics. Invited Presentation presented to: Young People & Extremism Study Visit, University of Birmingham, 21 November 2017.
- Jackson, P. (2016) An overview of extreme-right lone-actor violence. Jane’s Terrorism & Insurgency Monitor. 1367-0409.
- Jackson, P. (2016) Surveying the contemporary extreme right in Britain: networking and fragmentation. In: Jamin, J. (ed.) L’extrême droite en Europe. Bruxelles: Bruylant. pp. 201-222.
- Jackson, P. (2016) Surveying the ‘Far Right’ in Europe: reflections on recent trends and conceptual approaches. European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online. 2211-6117. (Accepted)
- Jackson, P. (2016) gatesofvienna.net: transnational Islamophobia on the Internet. In: Jamin, J. (ed.) L’extrême droite en Europe. Bruxelles: Bruylant. pp. 435-456.
- Jackson, P. (2015) British neo-Nazi fiction: Colin Jordan’s ‘Merrie England – 2000’ and ‘The Uprising’. In: Copsey, N. and Richardson, J. E. (eds.) Cultures of Post-War British Fascism. Abingdon: Roultedge. pp. 86-107.
- Jackson, P. (2015) The British National Party and central European extreme nationalism: a case study in hubris. In: Maár, J. (ed.) L’Europe à Contre-pied: Idéologie Populiste et Extrémisme de Droite en Europe Centrale et Orientale. Paris: Harmattan. pp. 201-212.
- Jackson, P. (2015) “White genocide”: post-war fascism and the ideological value of evoking existential conflicts. In: Carmichael, C. and Maguire, R. C. (eds.) The Routledge History of Genocide. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 207-226.
- Jackson, P. (2014) #hitlerwasright: National Action and National Socialism for the 21st century. Journal of Deradicalisation. 1(1), pp. 97-115. 2363-9849.
- Jackson, P. (2014) 2083 – A European Declaration of Independence: a licence to kill. In: Jackson, P. and Feldman, M. (eds.) Doublespeak: The Rhetoric of the Far-Right since 1945. Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag. pp. 81-100.
- Jackson, P. (2014) Accumulative extremism: the post-war tradition of Anglo-American neo-Nazi activism. In: Jackson, P. and Shekhovtsov, A. (eds.) The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 2-37.
- Jackson, P. and Feldman, M., (eds.) (2014) Doublespeak: The Framing of the Far-Right since 1945. Stuttgart, Germany: Ibidem-Verlag. 9783838205540.
- Jackson, P. (2014) Dylan Thomas: the anti-fascist propagandist. In: Ellis, H. (ed.) Dylan Thomas: A Centenary Celebration. London : Bloomsbury. pp. 87-101.
- Jackson, P. (2014) James Strachey Barnes and the fascist revolution: Catholicism, anti-Semitism and the International New Order. In: Tonning, E., Feldman, M. and Addyman, D. (eds.) Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse. Leiden: Brill. pp. 187-205.
- Jackson, P. and Shekhovtsov, A., (eds.) (2014) The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right: A Special Relationship of Hate. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan UK. 9781137396198.
- Jackson, P. (2013) Book Series Editor. A Modern History of Politics and Violence. London: Bloomsbury.
- Feldman, M. and Jackson, P. (2013) Co-Editor. Religion Compass: Modern Ideologies and Faith section. Online: Wiley. 1749-8171.
- Feldman, M. and Jackson, P. (2013) Introduction. Democracy and Security. 9(3), pp. 193-199. 1741-9166.
- Jackson, P. (2013) The license to hate: Peder Jensen’s fascist rhetoric in Anders Breivik’s Manifesto 2013: A European Declaration of Independence. Democracy and Security. 9(3), pp. 247-269. 1741-9166.
- Jackson, P. (2012) Great War Modernisms and ‘The New Age’ Magazine. London: Continuum. 9781441180087.
- Shekhovtsov, A. and Jackson, P., (eds.) (2012) White Power Music: Scenes of Extreme Right Cultural Resistance. Ilford: Searchlight Magazine. 9780952203896.
- Jackson, P. and Gable, G. (2011) Far-Right.com: Nationalist Extremism on the Internet. London: Searchlight Magazine. 9780952203889.
- Gable, G. and Jackson, P. (2011) Lone Wolves: Myth or Reality? Ilford: Searchlight Magazine.
- Jackson, P. and Feldman, M. (2011) The EDL: Britain’s ‘New Far Right’ social movement. Northampton: The University of Northampton.
- Jackson, P. (2010) Extremes of faith and nation: British Fascism and Christianity. Religion Compass. 4(8), pp. 507-517. 1749-8171.
- Jackson, P. (2007) “The Exquisite Moment”: May Sinclair’s battle for “reality” in the First World War. Minerva Journal of Women and War. 1(2), pp. 77-90. 0736-718X.
- Jackson, P. (2006) ‘Union or death!’: Gavrilo Princip, Young Bosnia and the role of ‘Sacred time’ in the dynamics of nationalist terrorism. Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions. 7(1), pp. 45-65. 1743-9647.