Fascist Europe

Subject HIST90029 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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
Total Time Commitment: 10 hours per week: total time commitment 120 hours
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in history (or in a relevant program) or enrolment in a relevant coursework Masters program
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 131-460 Fascist Europe
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
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Dr Steven Welch


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".

  • be able to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of fascism in interwar Europe.
  • gain experience in conducting comparative historical analysis.
  • improve their critical interpretative skills through the writing of a major research essay.
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 2003
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.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in History (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Master of International Relations
Master of International Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History
Jewish Studies

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