Course Description: Dr. Sandra McGee Deutsch, History 5306/5309 Fascism, Populism, and Their Opponents
Donald Trump (United States), Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil), Boris Johnson (Britain), Viktor Orbán (Hungary), Narendra Modi (India) – it is clear that right-wing populists have come to power in country after country. Few have grasped, however, that Latin America was the first place where the modern version of this phenomenon appeared. This course will trace and explore a variety of rightist movements -- ranging from conservative to right-wing populist to fascist -- around the world. We will compare these groups and analyze the connections among them across ideological, temporal, and national borders. No less important is the opposition they have sparked. How have people contested and fought against rightist movements? We will examine these contending forces using the perspectives of gender, race, class, and culture. The readings will cover Latin America, Europe, the United States, Africa, and Asia, as well as theoretical issues related to gender, transnational and comparative history, and revolution and counterrevolution. History students can take this course either for World (5306) or Latin American (5309) credit.
This is a studies course that concentrates on the use of secondary sources. Nevertheless, if students wish to investigate the possibilities of writing a seminar paper or thesis on fascism, populism, and their opponents, in a future class, this guide includes primary sources as well.
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