Undergraduate Course: The Spanish Civil War (HIST10303)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course examines the most controversial event in modern Spanish history, the Civil War of 1936 to 1939. It will consider the origins of the war before studying the main military, political, diplomatic, socio-economic and cultural developments of the conflict. Undergraduates will have access to the wide range of published and unpublished primary source materials.
The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) has long fascinated scholars and students alike. To many contemporaries, Spain appeared to be a battleground between democracy, communism and fascism. While this course will recognise the importance of foreign intervention (and non-intervention), it will stress that the conflict was primarily a domestic battle between competing visions of 'Spain'. The course will study the origins of the civil war, rejecting simplistic explanations of an inevitable clash between the 'Two Spains'. It will then examine the military rebellion of July 1936 and the main military, political, socio-economic and cultural developments of the civil war before General Franco's unconditional victory in April 1939.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
2 x 5,000 word Essay (40% each)
Discussion Forum Posts (20%)
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|1. G Brenan The Spanish Labyrinth (1943)|
2. R Carr Spain 1808-1975 (1982)
3. G Jackson The Spanish Republic and the Civil War (1965)
4. M Álvarez Tardío & F del Rey Reguillo (eds) The Spanish Republic Revisited. From Democratic Hopes to Civil War (1931-1936)
5. A Beevor The Battle for Spain: the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 (2006)
6. F Lannon The Spanish Civil War (2002)
7. S G Payne The Spanish Civil War (2012).
8. M Seidman Republic of Egos. A Social History of the Spanish Civil War (2002)
9. M Seidman The Victorious Counterrevolution (2011)
10. H Thomas The Spanish Civil War (1991)
11. M Baumeister & S Schüler-Springorum (eds) "If You Tolerate This" The Spanish Civil War in the Age of Total War (2008)
12. J Ruiz The 'Red Terror' and the Spanish Civil War. Revolutionary Violence in Madrid (2014)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Spanish civil war
|Course organiser||Dr Julius Ruiz
Tel: (0131 6)50 3760
|Course secretary||Miss Katy Robinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780