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Europe under the Dictators, 1914-1945 HTA211


A student who has previously undertaken HTA211Europe at War 1914-1945 or HTA311 Europe at War 1914-1945 cannot undertake the new unit HTA211/311 Europe under the Dictators 1914-1945.


From the First World War to the fall of Nazi Germany in 1945, this unit explores European history in the tumultuous period 1914-1945. This was an age convulsed by total war, nationalism, revolution, totalitarianism, political violence and genocide. Democracy increasingly battled for its survival against the new challenges of fascism and communism. The unit has a strong focus on the nature of the interwar dictatorships that arose in Russia and Germany, which were to become the epicentre of this age of barbarism. Topics include the legacy of the Great War, Lenin and the Russian Revolution, fascism and Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, collaboration and resistance, and the Holocaust.


Unit name Europe under the Dictators, 1914-1945
Unit code HTA211
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Dr Gavin Daly

Teaching staff

Dr Anthony Page

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Developed knowledge and understanding of major topics and concepts in the history of Europe between 1914 and 1945.
  2. Developed an understanding of the importance of total war, revolution and dictatorship in shaping European history between 1914 and 1945.
  3. Developed a comparative conceptual understanding of the different states, societies and ideologies fascism, communism and liberalism that characterised Europe between 1914 and 1945.
  4. Taken away skills and concepts that will enable you to reflect upon and make informed perspectives on contemporary Europe.
  5. Developed your capacity to interpret and critically analyse historical evidence.
  6. Developed your capacity to research and construct a historical argument.
  7. Developed your sensitivity to different historical interpretations.
  8. Developed your oral and written communication skills.



Band Field of Education
1 090305

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

On Campus (Hobart): 2 x 1 hour weekly lectures and 1 hour fortnightly tutorial.

On Campus (Launceston):  Lectures via MyLO mymedia plus fortnightly videolink tutorials

Off Campus: Weekly 2 hour lectures via MyLO mymedia plus online discussions


Task 1: Tutorial quizzes (15%)

Task 2: Essay, 600 words (15%)

Task 3: Research essay, 2500 words (40%)

Task 4: Take-home exam (30%)

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