Resisting the Nazis: Fascism and its Opponents
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On successful completion of this subject , you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of conceptual approaches to interpreting the history of fascism as well as an understanding of the history of fascist movements in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
- Contribute to contemporary debates about fascism with an informed and critical understanding of the relationship between past and present.
- Analyse primary and secondary historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
- Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline.
- Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual, or written form.
- Reflect critically on the knowledge and skills developed in their study of history.
- Defintions of fascism
- Fascist Italy
- Nazi Germany
- Other Fascisms
- Resistance to Fascism
- The Future of Fascism
Pre-requisite 130cp at 1000 level or above OR (20cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units at 2000 level) NCCW (2020 and onwards) MHIS3027 Resisting the Nazis: Fascism and its Opponents
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
More than seventy years after the end of the Second World War, fascism and Nazism continue to fascinate. In this course, we will explore Italian fascism and German Nazism as broadly understood in Europe and globally to better understand the appeal of their conservative, reactionary, and militaristic ideology. We will read the key literature on definitions of fascism in order to understand the concept as more than a pejorative. Through a close examination of the governments of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany we will investigate how fascist regimes controlled everyday life, mobilised political support, shaped men and women's bodies, built cults of personality around their leaders, silenced the press, defeated leftist student organisations and unions, and organised repressive systems of militaristic expansion. We will also concentrate on the way that people learned to resist, survive, and even thrive under fascism through the formation of armed bands, clandestine intellectual networks, and organisations for non-violent struggle.
- Online Participation (20%)
- Project Proposal/Annotated Bibliography (20%)
- Secondary Source Analysis (20%)
- Research paper (40%)
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