The Alt-Right Movement

White Nationalism in the Twenty-First Century

by Jeffrey Kaplan


Since the 2016 election, media coverage of the surging alt-right movement has treated it as an unprecedented and primarily American phenomenon. In reality, however, the beliefs and strategies driving the movement are neither new or unique to the United States.

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August 2020


Pages 268
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics American History/Culture
  Current Events and Issues/Society
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The Alt-Right Movement: A Guide to an American Subculture traces the evolution of the movement, exploring its origins, its ideologies, and the ways in which alt-right "culture" has influenced mainstream American society.

This authoritative book traces the evolution of the alt-right in America from its roots in the intellectual discourse of conservative academics to its adoption by an array of radical activists espousing causes ranging from neo-Nazism to anti-immigration zealotry. In the process, it provides insights into the beliefs, motivations, and goals of prominent alt-right figures in American politics and media.

Drawing connections between the rise of the alt-right and the evolution of similar groups across Europe and other parts of the world, the book also makes the case that the alt-right is a global rather than a purely American phenomenon. It examines the alt-right's affinity for violent, confrontational public events like the deadly 2017 "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, and explains the profound influence that Russian President Vladimir Putin has had on the movement.


  • Offers insights into the interaction of American and European/Russian thinkers and movements on the alt-right
  • Covers the violent radical fringe in Charlottesville and beyond in depth
  • Explores the impact of the alt-right on U.S. politics
  • Examines the religious dimension of the alt-right
  • Reflects the knowledge of an internationally recognized expert on political violence, religious violence, and terrorism
Author Info

Jeffery Kaplan is author or editor of 20 books and over 70 articles and anthology chapters on religious violence, millenarianism, terrorism, and oppositional religious movements, including Apocalypse, Revolution and Terrorism: From the Sicari to the American Revolt Against the Modern World (2019). He has also published the career retrospective Radical Religion and Violence: Theory and Case Studies (2015) and serves as book review editor for the journal Terrorism and Political Violence.

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