Spring 2024

Histories of the Far-Right 

Listed in: History, as HIST-222  |  Political Science, as POSC-222


Adi Gordon (Section 01)
Gilles Verniers (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST-222 [EU/TE/TR/TS/C] and POSC 222.The rise of the Far-Right at home and abroad in the last decade has taken much of the world by surprise, and calls for a reconsideration not only of its future but also of its history. Since WWII most of historical studies of the Far-Right have focused on the history of fascism, from proto-fascism to neo-fascism. in the twenty-first century; however, the Far-Right emerges as a much broader phenomenon, in chronology, in geography, and in attributes. Consequently, this course—considering the Far-Right a global phenomenon of the modern age—will study a selection of case studies from different continents and centuries. Beyond acknowledging their inner variety, we will also seek the impact of Far-Right networks across space, and inspiration across time in each of these case studies. Seeking a better understanding of the Far-Right, its agenda and appeal, the course will look for that which unites Far-Right actors across different historical contexts. Two meetings weekly.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Gordon and Professor Verniers.

How to handle overenrollment: HIST, POSC majors and by seniority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Close analysis of historical evidence, which may include written documents of various sorts, images, music, or films from the historical period under study. Exploration of scholarly, methodological, and theoretical debates about historical topics. Extensive reading, varying forms of written work, and intensive in-class discussions.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Far Right Today Polity Cas Mudde Amherst Books TBD
Crisis of German Ideology University of Wisconsin Press George Mosse Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2024