HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
Fall 2023, Section 002 - Fascism from a Comparative Perspective
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
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Between the two world wars, many European countries—most notably Italy and Germany—saw the emergence of authoritarian and charismatic forms of government. Although there were significant differences between these movements and regimes, many still refer to them as “fascist” or “para-fascist.” Is fascism a useful historical category, and can comparative analysis help us understand the nature of these regimes and the causes of their success and eventual failure? Were these regimes modern or reactionary? What is the relationship between fascism, nationalism, and racism? This course will address these questions by exploring first the two principal examples, Italian Fascism and German Nazism, as political, social, and cultural systems. We'll then extend our analysis to other national cases, including Spain, Austria, Hungary, and Romania. Finally, we will examine the politics of neo-Fascism and the radical right in the post-WWII period.

Course Requirements:

Intensive reading; research paper fulfilling the LSA Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Intended Audience:

History majors

Class Format:



HISTORY 496 - History Colloquium
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
Note: All sections of 496: courses are reserved initially for Junior and Senior History Majors and enrolled by override through a pre-registration process before backpack. The true number of remaining seats will be available April 15 under "Open Restricted Seats." Interested non-History Juniors and Seniors, as well as History Majors who did not complete the pre-registration, must contact Sheila (history-cc@umich.edu) for seat availability and to request an override.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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