Democracy's Frenemies

HIST-J 300 — Fall 2020 — Themester

Course Description

Nationalism, socialism/communism, fascism are democracy’s frenemies. They have inspired devoted activists who claim to fight for the people, to realize true democracy, and to effect real liberation. But they have also destroyed democracies, ruined hundreds of millions of lives, and wreaked havoc at home and abroad.

This course helps you understand these powerful phenomena in context. A historical look at them in relation to democracy prepares you to think what democracy was, is, could have been, and will be.

Instructor: Dr. Ke-Chin Hsia