Spain in the twentieth century
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
democracy, fascism, Catalan separatism, conservatism and the Catholic church and the drive for modernisation.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HEH40
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
The history of Spain from 1900 to the present day.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Social and political instability in the reign of Alfonso XIII; the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera; the Second Republic;
the rise of fascism, Franco and the Civil War; the Franco era; democracy from 1975; echoes of Spain’s past:
narratives of Catholic supremacy, the Catalan independence movement, the enduring ideas of crusade and
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Understand the key historical developments, political and human tragedies of twentieth-century Spanish history, how
they reflect historical themes and prospects for the future.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Basic, no prior knowledge needed.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lectures and class discussion, Reading lists provided but no outside work required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No, just writing materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in European history. Please see the City Lit website.
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.