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HIS2001 : Spain, 1808-1975: War, Society and State (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Why were politics in Modern Spain so conflictive and why was the resort to force and revolution so habitual? Why were the conflicting legacies of constitutional and legitimist patriotism forged during resistance to the Napoleonic invasion contested by praetorianism and centralisation? Why were the radical ideas drawn from other European countries, particularly France and Germany, seen by some Spaniards as natural and necessary and by others as alien and dangerous? Why did many still believe that the clock could be turned back and that Spain could resume its distinct historical course, separate from the rest of Europe? Why did twentieth-century mass society endure not in the fleeting promise of a democratic republic, but in brutal class conflict, civil war, and Western Europe’s longest dictatorship? By combining local histories with biographies of significant national players and events, set within the context of military history and national and international events, the aim of this module is to contribute to a better understanding of Modern Spain.

The aims of this module are:
1. To introduce students to a significant case-study in European history and to encourage them to examine that
period from a variety of different perspectives.
2. To present the students with an opportunity to study the interface between military, political and social history and to enable them to think about the interrelationship between ideas and events, and patterns and contingencies.
3. To encourage students to think about history comparatively and to draw parallels, connections and
contrasts between different countries and regions.
4. To provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal
of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.

Outline Of Syllabus

The following is a guide only. Actual subjects may differ from those listed.

Lecture 1 1808-1814, Peninsular War and the Birth of Modern Spain

Seminar 1 1808-1814: People’s War?

Lecture 2 1814-1833, Liberals, Absolutists and Traditionalists.

Seminar 2 Two Spains?

Lecture 3 1833-1840: First Carlist War.

Seminar 3 Which local, regional, national and international factors dictated the course of the First Carlist War?

Lecture 4 Dynastic Liberalism and the Generals: 1840-1868.

Seminar 4 Moderates, Progressives and Democrats: Modern Politics?

Lecture 5 Revolution, Regionalism and Federalism: 1868-1874.

Seminar 5 Republicanism Federalism and the Third Carlist War.

Lecture 6 Restoration, Caciquismo and its Discontents: 1875-1898.

Seminar 6 Sham constitutionalism.

Lecture 7 1898: Disaster and Regeneration.

Seminar 7 Regional nationalism, the army and empire.

Lecture 8 Great War, Revolution and Counter-Revolution, 1917-1930.

Seminar 8 The Left and the Primo de Rivera dictatorship.

Lecture 9 The Republic and its Discontents, 1931-1936.

Seminar 9 Had Spain ceased to be Catholic?

Lecture 10 War and Society III. 1936-1939: Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Civil War.

Seminar 10 The Gates of Hell

Lecture 11 The Franco Dictatorship, 1939-1975

Seminar 11 Western Europe’s last dictatorship

Lecture 12 Revision

Seminar 12 Revision

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion651:0065:0040% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading651:0065:0040% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study341:0034:0020% of guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lectures will provide an overview of the subject and general introduction to the relevant themes. They will also provide an introduction to the key historiographical and conceptual debates. They will impart core knowledge and an outline of the knowledge that students are expected to acquire. They will also stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.

2. Seminars will encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral presentation, interpersonal communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1351A75Unseen
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M252000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided, and to write clearly and concisely.

The form of the resit is no different from the above, i.e. no marks are carried over from the sit to the resit. Students are not allowed to submit for the resit any work that they have previously submitted.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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