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    A comparative exploration of attempts to create totalitarian regimes between 1922 and 1945 in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and elsewhere.

    Between World War I and World War II, several major European nations, under the leadership of men such as Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler, shunned democracy to open new historic paths towards "totalitarianism" - the ideal of state control over all aspects of citizens' lives. This paper examines the pre-history and history of the principal regimes that aspired to totalitarian rule, as well as historical interpretations of their emergence and demise.

    About this paper

    Paper title Totalitarian Regimes: Europe 1922-1945
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
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    One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    May not be credited together with HIST231 passed in 2004.

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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will gain

    • Appreciation of the intellectual currents and historical circumstances favouring totalitarian styles of rule
    • Understanding of the similarities and differences among historical attempts to create totalitarian regimes
    • An understanding of totalitarian regimes as political experiments
    • An appreciation of historical responses to systematic human atrocities
    • An understanding of the historical fragility of democracy


    Semester 2

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    This paper is taught On Campus
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    Thursday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42


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    A3 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 31, 33-34, 38, 40
    A4 Monday 14:00-14:50 31, 33-34, 38, 40
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