Forgetting Fascism, Remembering Communism: Memory in Modern Europe (HIH2011A)
|Staff||Dr Raluca Grosescu - Lecturer|
Dr Nelly Bekus - Lecturer
Dr Ljubica Spaskovska - Convenor
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
For the most part we will use focussed (and often national) case studies, to a) historicise this process: to understand how Europeans came to believe it necessary to remember their ‘difficult pasts’ and b) to explore the competition and contestation over which ‘difficult pasts’ were the most important, how these should be remembered, and – in some cases – whether these pasts should be remembered at all.
This module aims to help you develop your skills in researching, interpreting, and analysing both primary and secondary material. It provides you with an opportunity to explore broadly the rich and fascinating ‘history of memory’ of modern Europe, and it helps you to develop the depth of understanding you will require to study more specialised areas of history.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. A detailed knowledge of the main themes in the subject, together with a very close knowledge of the areas selected for essay and presentation work.
- 2. Ability to trace the changing nature of, and approaches to, memory in modern Europe.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Ability to analyse the key developments in a complex and alien political and social environment.
- 4. Ability to handle profoundly different approaches to history in a deeply contested area.
- 5. Ability to understand and deploy complex political terminology in a comprehensible manner
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. Independent study and group work, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 6. Ability to digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 7. Ability to present arguments orally, and to work in a group.
Topics will include: Forgetting Nazism; Holocaust Amnesia, Holocaust Memory; Remembering Resistance; Film and Memory; Willing Executioners?: Ordinary Germans and the Memory of Nazism; Recreating Identities: Reinventing Oneself After Communism; History on Trial: Perpetrators in Court; The Political Lives of Dead Bodies; Communist Nostalgia.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Lectures (22x1hr)|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Seminars (11x2hr)|
|Guided independent study||22||Web-based activities located on ELE preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Guided independent study||234||Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay plan||500 words||1-7||Verbal and written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||30||3000 words||1-6||Verbal and written|
|Group presentation||20||25 minutes||1-7||Peer-assessed and moderated by tutor|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||3000 words essay||1-6||Referral/deferral period|
|Group presentation||Script as for individual presentation, equivalent to 10 minutes||1-7||Referral/deferral period|
|Exam||2 hours||1-7||Referral/deferral period|
The re-assessment consists of a 3,000 word essay and 2-hour exam, as in the original assessment, but replaces participation in the group presentation with a written script that could be delivered in such a presentation and which is the equivalent of 10 minutes of speech.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Bill Niven, Facing the Nazi past: united Germany and the legacy of the Third Reich (Routledge, 2001) Peter Novick, The Holocaust and collective memory: the American experience (Bloomsbury, 2000) Robert G. Moeller, War Stories: The Search for a Usable past in the Federal Republic of Germany (University of California Press, 2001)
Katherine Verdery, The Political Lives Of Dead Bodies: Reburial And Postsocialist Change (Columbia University Press, 1999)
Kathleen E. Smith, Remembering Stalin's Victims (Cornell University Press, 1996)
Jan Werner Muller (ed.), Memory and Power in Post-War Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
Maria Todorova and Zsuzsa Gille (eds.), Post-Communist Nostalgia (Berghahn, 2012).
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Available as distance learning?
Last revision date
Key words search
Fascism; Communism; Eastern Europe