A History of Spain

Module code: SP1051
Module co-ordinator: Dr Maite Usoz de la Fuente

Module Aims

This module will provide you with a broad understanding of key moments of Spain’s historical development from its origins to the modern era.

Module Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with key aspects of Spain’s historical development.
  • Critically evaluate secondary literature.
  • Assemble ideas and mount an argument clearly and coherently in written and spoken English, incorporating bibliographical information accurately and consistently.


  • 5 hours of lectures
  • 5 hours of seminars
  • 90 hours of guided independent study

Topics covered

  • An historical map of Spain
  • Spain’s religious heritage
  • The Spanish Inquisition
  • Philip II and the Catholic Reformation
  • The decline of Spain in the 17th century
  • Liberalism and Conservatism
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • Guernica
  • Franco’s Spain


  • Essay, 1,500-2,000 words (100%)

Key Texts

  • Simon Barton, A History of Spain (Palgrave, 2004)
  • Raymond Carr, Spain. A History (Oxford, 2000)
  • Henry Kamen, Golden Age Spain (Palgrave, 2005)
  • Paul Preston, A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War (Fontana, 1996)