Fascism: Then & Now, Fall 2020

How did Fascism Emerge? Did it Ever Go Away?

These questions animate Prof. Chamedes’ History 366: From Fascism to Today. The course unpacks why Fascism emerged after World War I, but it also brings the story up through the present day, showing how and why the study of Fascism matters today. The course exposes students to the study of Fascism through a range of sources, including posters, films, newspaper articles, political speeches, and works of literature.

As a high-impact Constellations class, undergraduates become the protagonists of their own education. History 366 flips the classroom and engages students in high-impact practices, including service-based learning, and interactions with guest scholars. The course helps students grow as writers, speakers, and independent critical thinkers. Over the course of the semester, students build a webpage and put together a meaningful public service project, working in collaboration with a local high school or community organization.

The requirements for this class include one 2,000-word essay that fulfills pre-med writing requirements. There is no midterm or final exam. 

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History 366 Capstone Video Projects

As a project- and community-service-based class, History 366 students create humanities video projects that are shared and used as the basis for engaging conversations with local high schools.

View a selection of the projects here! 

HISTORY 366: From Fascism To Today: Social Movements And Politics In Europe

Class Number: 76977
Lecture: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
3 – 4 Credits
Requisites: Sophomore Standing
Course Designation: Breadth – Humanities, Social Science
Level: Intermediate
L&S Credit: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Mode of Instruction: Online


This class offers support for the pre-med intensive writing requirement

Giuliana Chamedes is a Mellon-Morgridge Professor of the Humanities and a scholar of international and global history, with a focus on the place of Europe in the wider world. Her first book, A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe was published by Harvard University Press in 2019, and explores how World War I galvanized the central government of the Catholic Church to craft its own variety of internationalism, which was intended to rival both liberal and communist internationalism. She is a member of the Department of History and active in UW-Madison’s Public Humanities community.