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.

Learning 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.

Teaching and Learning Methods

This module will be taught through lectures and seminars. Lectures will provide an overview of the topic and will highlight the main issues which will then be developed further in seminars and workshops.

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 of 1,500-2,000 words

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)