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HIS 06 — Shadows of Power: The History of Fascism

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Daniela R.P. Weiner
Duration: 5 weeks
Format/Location: Live Online
Date(s): Jul 9—Aug 6
Class Recording Available: Yes
Class Meeting Day: Tuesdays
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Class Meeting Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Tuition: $360
   
Refund Deadline: Jul 11
 
Unit(s): 1
   
Enrollment Limit: 40
  
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Tuesdays
Duration: 5 weeks
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jul 9—Aug 6
Unit(s): 1
Format/Location: Live Online
 
Tuition: $360
 
Refund Deadline: Jul 11
 
Instructor(s): Daniela R.P. Weiner
 
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
 
Enrollment Limit: 40
 
Recording Available: Yes
 
Status: Open
 
What made fascism such a compelling force in Europe and across the globe during the tumultuous interwar era of 1918 and 1939? What were the key ideological foundations and how did they manifest in different movements across Europe during this period? Can Nazism be compared to other, lesser-known fascist movements at the time, or was it a unique phenomenon? How did it compare with Mussolini’s regime in Italy? In this course, students will consider these and other questions as we explore the definitions and theories that characterized major fascist movements of the interwar period, focusing specifically on German National Socialism and Italian fascism. The course will extend beyond the more traditional focus on military and political history to explore the social and cultural dimensions that underpinned these movements. Together, we will also explore the relevance to modern times, specifically examining parallels with present-day surges in authoritarian regimes, the decline of democratic institutions, and the rise of populism and nationalism. Students will consider a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, as well as some theoretical texts, such as Robert Paxton's The Anatomy of Fascism. The course will include short lectures and active discussions, and students will emerge equipped with a robust foundation and some tools to navigate the intricate relationship between historical events and the present day.

DANIELA R.P. WEINER
COLLEGE Lecturer, Civic, Liberal, and Global Education, Stanford

Daniela R.P. Weiner received a PhD in history and a graduate certificate in Jewish studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research has been published in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies; Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society; and the Journal of Contemporary History. She is the author of Teaching a Dark Chapter: History Books and the Holocaust in Italy and the Germanys.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Robert O. Paxton, The Anatomy of Fascism (ISBN 978-1400033911)