Fascism, War and Genocide, 1900-1945

Course code HIST3640Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Deals with the most violent age in European history, 1900-1945. Why did the period following the First World War see the rise of Mussolini and Hitler? Why were European societies polarised by extremist ideologies of the left and the right? What links were there between fascist repression and militarist expansionism? How do we explain the genocidal impulses of fascism? This course takes an in-depth look at Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. It looks at the economic, social and political forces that gave rise to fascism, its methods of rule, and its drive to total warfare, particularly on the Soviet front. In this context, it also looks at the debates concerning the Jewish Holocaust and differing interpretations of fascism and its representation.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students will be expected to: Display an understanding of the key themes in the history of Fascist Italy and National Socialist Germany; to have developed critical and analytical skills appropriate to upper-level university students, including the ability to use sources critically; to have developed the ability to interpret and utilise a variety of historical sources; to have developed research and reflective skills relevant to the study of the humanities and to recognise and understand different approaches to history (social, economic, cultural, diplomatic, political, psychoanalytic).
ContentSome of the themes examined may include: the nature of fascism as an ideology; the origins of Fascism in Italy and National Socialism in Germany; the impact of Fascism/ Nazism on society; foreign policy and race; the cult of the leader; and the Second World War and its aftermath.
Replacing Course(s)Replaces HST 344: Nationalism and Fascism, 1900-1945. It will have NO impact on existing course offerings since this is the renaming of an existing course.
TransitionN/A: this is the renaming of an existing course. Students who have completed HST244 or HST344 will not be eligible for this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of History or at 1000 level or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne to three written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises as specified in the course guide, totaling 5,000 - 7,000 words, 50 - 70%.
Examination: FormalFormal exam or class test, as specified in the course guide, 20 - 40%.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass participation demonstrating preparation and involvement, worth 10%
Other: (please specify)Specific instructions about the weighting, timing and word limits of all assessment tasks will be found in the course guide available in the first two weeks of semester.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HIST3640