Fascism: Yesterday and Today


Monday, September 16, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Community Room

Join us for week two of a four-week series on Fascism: Yesterday and Today.

Mussolini, Hitler, Franco and Mosby may be names you recognize, but what is Fascism? Join us during this four-week series as we explore Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, militarist Japan, Golden Dawn in Greece, to the spread of white supremacy. What does this all mean for the appeal of Fascism in the 21st century?

Week 2: Unitarian Fascism

Focus will be on the Wahhabi strain of conservative Islam. Muhammad ibn abd al-Wahhab and Muhammad ibn Saud formed an association in 1744 that would spawn a theocratic state of the most reactionary variety in the 20th century. Intolerant of other Sunni strains with the view that Shias are heretics, and a disregard for Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, the Saud-Wahhab state maintains its legitimacy by using the Islamic religion to justify an autocratic state which serves the designs of the Saud family.

About the Presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

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