The Song of the New Guard

A couple of months ago, I wrote briefly about the New Guard, a right-wing paramilitary movement that sprung into being in Australia during the Great Depression.

Since that time, I have been in Australia conducting research for my PhD. And since the New Guard features in my work, i’ve spent a good deal of time looking at the material left behind by its leaders and members. At this point, i’m sure many of you are stifling a yawn, and wondering “what’s so exciting about dusty old papers and pamphlets?” Well, lots, if you’re a history geek like me… but history ‘aint all paperwork, you know.

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“Believe, Obey, Fight”: Fascism’s Rise and Fall

This post is all about shameless self-promotion!

Have you ever wanted to know more about the history of fascism – its origins, how it evolved, the forms it took between the World Wars, its ultimate demise, and even its fellow ideological travellers in Australia and New Zealand?

Well, look no further! I am running a short, six-week course in October on this very subject at the Victoria University of Wellington Lifelong Learning Centre! In ‘”Believe, Obey, Fight”: Fascism’s Rise and Fall’, you will learn all these things and more. The course is comprised of six hour-long lectures and six hour-long tutorial sessions. The former will give you a solid theoretical knowledge of fascism, whilst the latter will expose you to various primary and secondary sources and allow you to play historical detective.

Seats are limited, so hurry up and enrol here! Select ‘View course catalogue and enrol’ under Seminars and Workshops. In the resulting pop-up window, select ‘History’ from the menu on the left-hand side, and choose ’11C030A ‘Believe, obey, fight’: Fascism’s Rise and Fall 06/10/11′. All the details for the course, including the option to enrol, are located there.

What are you waiting for?!