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This seminar explores the transnational history of fascism and its obsession with youth. Leaning on the work of George Mosse, this class will also introduce students to the methods of cultural as well as educational history. Beginning with earlier youth movements such as the Wandervogel or Scouting, this class will then turn to the origin of fascist youth movements during the 1920s and 1930s, examine their connections and differences, and then end with a discussion of what educating an entire generation for war meant. Most studies of fascist youth movements tend to focus on Germany or Italy exclusively and treat Imperial Japan as an outlier or ignore it entirely. This class will discuss all three countries, their individual youth movements: The Hitler Youth and BDM (Bund deutscher Mädel), the Opera Nazionale Balilla (ONB) and the Gioventù Italiana del Littorio (GIL), and the Great Japan Youth Party. Additionally, the class will briefly look at the youth activities of Francoist Spain and the German-American Bund. This class will also introduce education majors to the use of primary sources and different depictions of fascist youth in popular culture.
This seminar will be conducted in English and all assignments are expected to be conducted in English. International students are especially welcome! This is a reading-intensive seminar and students will be expected to participate in class discussions.
For students who can read German, the following book is strongly recommended if they want to learn more about the transnational history of fascism:
Daniel Hedinger, Die Achse: Berlin, Rom, Tokio (München: C.H. Beck, 2021).