History Thematic Course: Fascisms

Module code: V1342
Level 6
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Fascism, along with liberalism, communism and socialism, is one of the great political ideologies that shaped the 20th century. While Italy and Germany provided the national contexts for the most prominent, far-reaching and malevolent forms of fascism, fascistic movements were established in virtually every European country during the 1920s and '30s.In the decades following the end of the Second World War, and into the present century, moreover, fascism has continued to appeal to significant numbers of Europeans.

This module will explore the origins of fascism and trace the spread of fascist movements and ideas across a range of different national communities. It will address fascism both as a political course and as a lived social and cultural reality. You will thus be encouraged to attempt to make sense of the appeal of fascism, the crimes committed by fascists, and the contradictions inherent in fascist ideology in a thematic and comparative framework.

Module learning outcomes

  • Evaluate a historical question thematically.
  • Compare and contrast a situation in different social and historical settings using a variety of source materials.
  • Successfully produce a 4,000 word essay, which tests the above skills and requires more sustained analysis than in any previous exercise.