Fascist Europe

Subject 131-460 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
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Prerequisites: Usually admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in history.
Corequisites: None
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Dr Steven Welch
Subject Overview:

This subject is a comparative study of European fascisms from the end of World War I through 1945. The primary focus will be on the fascist movements and regimes in Italy, Spain and Germany, but attention will also be given to the fascist movements in Romania, Hungary, France and Britain. Students will deal with issues such as the preconditions and precursors of fascism, the nature of fascist ideology, and the character of fascist regimes. The subject will also explore some of the basic interpretive problems concerning the definition and theory of fascism: whether there is such a thing as 'generic fascism', how useful the term is for historical analysis, and whether the interwar period can correctly be labelled as the 'era of fascism'.

Assessment: A seminar presentation 10% (during the semester), a book review of 1500 words 25% (due in mid semester), and a research essay of 3500 words 65% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: Fascism in Europe, 1919-1945 (P Morgan), Routledge 2002
Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • show an advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area;

  • be able to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline;

  • have an appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of original research.

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Related Course(s): Master of International Studies
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (History)
Postgraduate Certificate in International Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (History)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Jewish Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies

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