HIST208 - European Fascism

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 100–level units in History or Politics and International Relations
Teaching Organisation: 3 contact hours of teaching each week for 12 weeks or equivalent

Fascism is a widely used term of abuse but a very poorly understood historical–political concept. For students properly to understand present concerns regarding the revival of authoritarian and populist movements, a deep understanding of fascism – its causes, character and consequences – is essential. In this unit students use a range of primary and secondary sources to examine key historical issues such as the origins of fascism, the nature of fascist ideology, rival and changing interpretations of fascism, fascism in power, the role of anti–Semitism in fascist theory and practice, war and fascism, and the postwar memory of fascism. Students will also consider a range of methodological approaches used by historians to analyse the nature, impact and legacies of fascism. Where appropriate, the unit will focus on specific nation–based case studies in order to ‘drill down’ into key issues and debates. The aim of this unit is to equip History students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to make sense of arguably the most powerful and destructive political movement of the twentieth century.