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Join this careful study of modern totalitarianism. You will not only learn about the rise and fall of Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini — you will analyze the question of whether or not similar totalitarian regimes could rise up today.
Beginning in the early 1900s, the nations of Europe engaged in a furious struggle for hegemonic dominance of the continent. Germany and Russia emerged from the conflict of World War I as dramatically weakened and humiliated nations. This course treats each nation in roughly three parts: First, we trace the journey to totalitarianism, including the economic desperation which empowered radicals like Hitler, and the autocratic methods which Joseph Stalin used to gain power. Second, we examine the political, social and ideological nature of the regimes, identifying the hallmarks of totalitarianism, such as the cost in human lives. Third and finally, we examine what led to the demise of these regimes, and whether a similar regime could appear again in Western Civilization.
Introduction: Weeks 1-2
The Communist Revolution: Weeks 3-9
Fascism: Weeks 10-13
Course Materials: None required.
Homework: Writing is an integral part of demonstrating both the assimilation of knowledge and the articulation thereof. Therefore, students will be guided through the process of writing a short (3-5 page, double-spaced) review of a book of their choice relevant to the subject matter.
NOTE: Middle School students taking this course may instead write a 1-2 page book report. Also, students will have access to periodic, ungraded review quizzes based on classroom lectures and discussions.