Theories of Fascism and Totalitarianism (Latin American and Europe)

Term: Fall 2008

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 6422

This seminar examines theories of fascism and totalitarianism from a historical perspective. We study the history of these theories in their relation to major historical ruptures, including the Holocaust, the Spanish Civil War, and fascist imperialism. The approach of this seminar is topical and transnational rather than national or regional; however, we do emphasize specific cases that include Soviet communism, Italian fascism, Nazism, and French fascism. The seminar emphasizes differences and similarities among these historical cases in terms of their past, their recent past, and their present. Other topics to be studied include Latin American fascism and Populism, political religions, ideology and violence, and the aesthetization of politics. The seminar stresses the use of primary sources (particularly some major political texts by fascist and anti�fascist intellectuals), as well as the most recent analytical studies on these questions. Cross-listed as GHIS 6487.

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