ITA199H1: Italian Fascism and Global Responses: The Dark Side of Italianità

Hours: 
24L

After WWI, Italian society faced a political, economic, and moral crisis that resulted in the rise of fascism. Using diverse sources (media, literary texts, movies, architecture and design), this course explores various reactions in Italy and abroad to the rise of Mussolini and the totalitarian State. Why did common people, intellectuals, politicians, and business and community leaders around the globe succumb to the seduction of fascism? How did other people denounce fascist violence? After an introduction to Italian fascism, the course will consider global reactions to Italian fascism and diverse responses in Italian communities abroad (e.g. Canada, USA, Argentina). Restricted to first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: 

None

Corequisite: 

None

Exclusion: 

None

Recommended Preparation: 

None

Distribution Requirements: 
Social Science
Breadth Requirements: 
Society and its Institutions (3)