Subject: History
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 1.5 Lecture hours and 1.5 Seminar/Discussion hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: History


Was Italian Fascism reactionary or revolutionary? Was it a coherent ideology? Mussolini’s Fascists were the “original” totalitarians, and they inspired many other dictatorships. But did the Italians resist Fascism? Or did they embrace it? The class will ask if we can talk about consensus under Mussolini. What was everyday life like under Fascism? And what about other Fascisms? Was it a phenomenon limited to the interwar period? What about its memorialization and its representations? Is Fascism returning to the political stage? This class will engage with all these issues and we will try to find answers. This class consciously left out National Socialism, as the goal is to think about all those other Fascist and Fascist-like systems, parties, and groups which are often put aside and ignored. This course will talk about the Nazis during our conversations, but non-Nazi movements will be the center of our study.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 200-level HIST; or 60 credit units at the university level; or permission of the instructor.

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