Britain, Europe and the Extreme Right, 1918-to the Present

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Britain, Europe and the Extreme Right, 1918-to the Present

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    History, Research

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Substantial prior successful study of intermediate history at university level.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This research-led module explores the rise and impact of the Extreme Right in the 20th
    and early 21st centuries in Britain and in three other countries in Western Europe
    (namely France, Germany and Italy). It adopts a historical and comparative approach, and
    focuses on fascist, populist and authoritarian ideas, parties and movements in Britain and
    across Europe, and the challenges these posed for the liberal democratic state and its
    main institutions. The relationship between democracy and dictatorship proved to be a
    major source of controversy and change in the 20th century, and the question of how the
    liberal state 'managed' (or mis-managed and succumbed to) the threat from the Extreme
    Right has been a major theme in the historiography in recent years. In fact, such issues
    remain very prominent today.

    The first half of the course thus describes and analyses the historical developments, main
    patterns and key controversies engendered by these events and challenges in the
    interwar period. The second half of the course explores the extent to which these
    historical developments and the associated challenges were possibly replicated in the
    post-1945 period, especially with the more recent resurgence of the extreme Right
    across Britain and Europe in the early 21st century.

    ? Introduction: controversies in the historiography over fascism and rightwing
    ? The historical context: fears of decadence and decline in Britain and Europe,
    the impact of the First World War, and the crisis of liberalism.
    ? Italy and the emergence of Mussolini.
    ? What is fascism?
    ? The main fascist and authoritarian regimes in interwar Europe.
    ? The nature of Nazism.
    ? The French authoritarian right.
    ? The nature of fascism in Britain.
    ? Why did fascism fail in Britain.
    ? Post-1945 fascism?
    ? Neo-fascism in Italy and Germany.
    ? Neo-fascism and populism in France.
    ? The British Extreme Right: old wine in new bottles?
    ? The challenges of rightwing extremism to democracy.

    Teaching: Lectures and seminars

    ? Two 2,000-word essays
    STUDY OPTION 2: 2,000 word essay
    STUDY OPTION3: 2,000 word essay

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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