Catalan separatism: a historical perspective

Course Dates: 14/01/21 - 21/01/21
Time: 12:15 - 14:15
Location: Online

A brief history of Catalonia, its exceptionalism within Spain, how and why the separatist movement has evolved and what the future might hold.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

The clash between Catalan separatists and the Spanish state has been one of the EU’s biggest political issues of the last decade. This short course tracks the history of Catalonia and its people to understand why many do not regard themselves as Spanish, the long history of conflict between Castile and Catalonia and how this has evolved into outright separatism.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The origins of Catalonia; the Catalan golden age, within the crown of Aragon; the gradual decline in Catalonia and its “Castilianisation”; the tragic events of the twentieth century, Civil War and the Franco era; how the return of democracy revived and then dashed hopes of Catalan nationhood within a federal Spain.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

An understanding of the historical perspective of one of the most potent issues currently facing one of the EU’s leading members.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Accessible to all, no prior knowledge required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Lectures and interactive discussion. Reading material will be recommended but no required work outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in Spanish and European history. Please see the City Lit website.

Tutor Biographies
Michael Schraer

Mike has specialised in researching and teaching Spanish history for the past eight years, teaching at City Lit for the past two. His interest stems from a passion for history in general and Castile and Catalonia in particular, their language and culture, the fascinating role they have played in wider European history and the many lessons this study can teach us about the issues we face today. He earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge, specialising in the role of real estate in the economy of the medieval crown of Aragon and critiquing the idea of medieval Jews as predominantly financiers. He has a number of publications, most recently a book entitled 'A Stake in the Ground - Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon' (Brill, 2019). He actively researches and writes in the fields of Christian, Muslim and Jewish relations in medieval Spain, the causes and effects of the Inquisition and the demise of reigious tolerance.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HEH25

Thu, day, 14 Jan - 21 Jan '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £22.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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