Forgetting Fascism, Remembering Communism: Memory in Modern Europe (HIH2011A)

30 credits

This module will examine how European countries have attempted to come to terms with their experience of Fascism and Communism. It will examine the way in which histories are remembered, remoulded or forgotten when one regime collapses and another takes it place. More specifically, it will examine how countries such as Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia have tried to deal with their Fascist and Communist pasts. It will look at how the memory of the past is constructed at many levels of society: through state commemorations, trials and funerals; through novels, films, buildings and everyday objects; and through the way that individuals, especially those who were involved in the previous regime, remember/reinvent their own pasts.