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Syllabus Fascism - Past and Present - 56441
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Last update 22-08-2016
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 1st degree (Bachelor)

Responsible Department: political science

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Dr Ofer Cassif

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Monday, 11:00-12:00, by appointment

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Ofer Cassif

Course/Module description:
Fascism should be understood as an integral component of European history and modern political thought, and not as an accidental deviation from post-French Revolution thought. This course will explore the fundamentals of the Fascist thought, it philosophical roots, and its modern, scientific, and ideological ingredients.

Course/Module aims:
The goal of the course is to provide the students with analytical tools to understand the variants of the Fascist thought, as well as the context in which they emerged.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
At the end of the course the student will be able to observe Fascist phenomena, and to understand their characteristics, and the reasons for their emergence.

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Lecturing and class discussion.

Course/Module Content:
Class 1. Introduction: Modernism, rationalism, and ideology.

Class 2. A historical background: the rise of European Fascism.

Classes 3-4. An outline of Fascist thought.

Class 5. World War I and the Fascization of Europe.

Classes 6-7. French Fascism.

Classes 8-9. Italian Fascism.

Class 10. The German case: Is Nazism a form of Fascism?

Class 11. Spanish Fascism.

Classes 12-13. Neo-Fascism and Post-Fascism.

Required Reading:
שיעור 1. מבוא: מודרניזם, רציונליזם ואידיאולוגיה.

שיעור 2. רקע היסטורי לצמיחת הרעיון הפשיסטי האירופי.
• דייויד תומסון, אירופה מאז נפוליאון כרך א' (תל אביב: זמורה ביתן, 1995), ע"ע 311-274.
• מרגרט מקמילן, המלחמה ששמה קץ לשלום (ת"א: עם עובד, 2013), ע"ע 52-31.

שיעורים 4-3. קווים כלליים למחשבה הפשיסטית.
• זאב שטרנהל, לא ימין ולא שמאל (תל אביב: עם עובד, 1988), ע"ע 64-27.
• קווין פסמור, פשיזם (תל אביב: רסלינג, 2006), ע"ע 41-9.

שיעור 5. מלחמת העולם הראשונה ותהליך הפשיזציה של אירופה.
• פול ג'ונסון, היסטוריה של הזמן המודרני כרך א' (תל אביב: דביר, 1995), ע"ע 23-9.
• Stanley G. Payne, A History of Fascism (London: Routledge, 2003), pp. 71-79.

שיעורים 7-6. פשיזם צרפתי.
זאב שטרנהל, מריו שניידר ומאיה אשרי, יסודות הפשיזם (תל אביב: עם עובד, 1992), ע"ע 192-137.

שיעורים 9-8. פשיזם איטלקי.
Roger Griffin, The Nature of Fascism (NY: St. Martin's Press, 1991), pp. 56-84.

שיעור 10. המקרה הגרמני: האם הנאציזם סוג של פשיזם?
Michael Mann, Fascists (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
2004), pp. 139-176.

שיעור 11. פשיזם ספרדי.
• שטרנהל, המחשבה הפשיסטית לגווניה (תל אביב: ספרית פועלים, 1988), ע"ע 201-186.
• Stanley G. Payne, Fascism in Spain 1923-1977 (Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999), pp. 51-68.

שיעורים 13-12. ניאו-פשיזם ופוסט-פשיזם.
• A. James Gregor, The Search for Neofascism: The Use and Abuse of Social Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 54-74.
• Walter Laqueur, Fascism: Past, Present, Future (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp. 147-168.

Additional Reading Material:
Will be announced during the course, if necessary.

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 100 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:

* Important notice: during the course the lecturer may make changes in the course program, including changes in the assignments that are specified in the syllabus.
* Attendance is mandatory! Students who miss more than three classes and/or movies will not be allowed to take the final exam and will fail the course.
* Office hours will be held upon request.
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.