UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

HIST2002 The Rise and Fall of European Fascism

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content Aggressive movements dedicated to racial renaissance, charismatic authoritarianism and social hierarchy marched across Europe during the years after World War I. By the onset of the Great Depression, everywhere they challenged the continent's established regimes. Only defeat in World War II and revelation of Nazi atrocities at Auschwitz halted the seemingly irresistible advance of these 'fascist' and 'national-socialist' movements. Even today, many of us fear that fascism will climb from its grave and once again terrorise the world. This unit studies the rise, fall and resurgence of European fascism, and addresses the many mysteries that surround its history. Was fascism the descendent of earlier counter-revolutionary traditions, or was it the unique product of the 'Era of World Wars'? Can one equate Mussolini's Italian Fascists with Hitler's Nazis, or were these movements too different to be merged into a 'European fascism'? What might account for the explosion of fascist politics between the wars: collective psychosis, capitalist crisis or 'totalitarian' modernisation? And what about today's European ultra-right? Does fascism have a future?
Outcomes Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic historiographical issues characteristic of the discipline of History; (2) identify and evaluate the historiographical approaches appropriate for the study of fascism; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the history of European fascism; (4) locate appropriate sources for research essays; and (5) present arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) tutorial participation; (2) a bibliographical exercise; (3) a historiographical essay; and (4) a review essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Robert Stuart
Unit rules
Prerequisites: a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities or GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility: HIST2231 Rise and Fall of European Fascism
Contact hours lectures: 20 hours; tutorials: 10 hours

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