Spring 2023


Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-205


Thomas L. Dumm (Section 01)


This course is an exploration of the political form of the modern state known as fascism. We will examine fascism’s roots in political economy, war, ascriptive group identity, legislative and executive forms, political parties, and social movements, paying special attention to how it has been theorized as it emerged during the twentieth century in Europe, and its current resurgence as an idea and practice in Europe and the United States in the twenty first. Among the authors we may read will be Hannah Arendt, Theodor Adorno, Karl Polanyi, Ernst Cassirer, Franz Neumann, Carl Schmitt, Adolf Hitler, Walter Benjamin, Filippo Marinetti, Richard Hofstadter, Sheldon Wolin, Steven Bannon, Judith Butler, and William Connolly..

Spring semester. Professor Dumm.

How to handle overenrollment: null

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work and readings.

POSC 205 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CONV 108
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CONV 108

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Aspirational Fascism: The Struggle for Multifaceted Democracy under Trumpism University of Minnesota Press William E. Connolly Amherst Books TBD
The Origins of Totalitarianism Nabu Press 2011 Hannah Arendt Amherst Books TBD
War for Eternity: Inside Bannon's Far-Right Circle of Global Power Brokers Dey Street Books Benjamin R Teitelbaum Amherst Books TBD
Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America Harvard University Press Kathleen Belew Amherst Books TBD
The crisis of parliamentary democracy MIT Press Carl Schmitt Amherst Books TBD
On tyranny : twenty lessons from the twentieth century Tim Duggan Books Timothy Snyder Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2023