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This subject examines why it was that the era of 'mass politics' that emerged in the early Twentieth century led to a decline in democracy and to an era of revolution and war. The concepts of dictatorship and democracy will be explored in the light of political theory and historical examples spread across cultures. Case studies will vary from year to year but could include the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships, Fascist Italy, Mao's China, Japanese militarism and Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
This subject will explore key themes in the political and socio-economic history of Asia (except China, as these themes are covered by HIST252) since the late 19th century. It examines the impact of colonialism, nationalist/revolutionary movements, military conflict, political developments and socio-economic change. It also examines patterns of transitions in Asian societies and cultures. Emphasis is placed on the development of modern Asian states through de-colonisation, war, economic development and circumstances leading to the rise of the ‘Asian Century’ by 2000. The subject will help students understand Asia better by showing the relevance of historical events for the 21st century.