HIST 2285 Fascism in the Twentieth Century: History and Theory

HIST 2285 Fascism in the Twentieth Century: History and Theory (HA-AS, HST-AS, SSC-AS) (HEU)

Monday and Wednesday: 2:45-4:00

Professor Nicholas Mulder

This course uses history and political theory to understand the fascist experience in the twentieth century. In the first part of the course, we will examine fascist ideology; its relation to democracy and dictatorship; whether fascism is best understood as another form of authoritarianism or as totalitarianism; the role of nationalism, race, religion, culture, gender, the family, and intellectuals in fascist regimes; and the institutional and economic foundations of fascist politics. The second half of the course covers the origins, development and defeat of fascist states in the mid-twentieth century. We will devote the most time to understanding what happened in Mussolini’s Italy (1922-1945) and in Hitler’s Germany (1933-1945), but will also examine fascist movements and regimes in Austria, Hungary, Romania, Spain and Portugal. We will finish the course by looking at the persistence of fascist movements and ideas beyond WWII and into the present, and ask how these are similar to historical fascism and in what ways they differ from that experience.  

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