A Threat to National Security? The Legal Dispute between ‘Red Rudi’ and the British Home Office, 1970–1971

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Abstract

Initially admitted to the United Kingdom on a short-term visa, the disabled German student activist Rudi Dutschke applied for a student visa in the United Kingdom in 1970. His application was rejected on grounds of national security. Dutschke was one of the first aliens who made use of his right to appeal, but the closed material procedure applied in his case meant that critical evidence remained undisclosed. Far from being ‘simply a historical curiosity’, the Dutschke case powerfully illustrates how two social dynamics at the centre of the moral panic in the late 1960s – immigration and student protest – were linked and framed as a threat to the nation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
JournalContemporary European History
Early online date25 Feb 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Feb 2022

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