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Undergraduate Course: The Spanish Civil War (HIST10303)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis 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 Undergraduates will have access to the wide range of published and unpublished primary source materials.
Course description 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. Finally, it will focus on General Franco's unconditional victory in April 1939, the establishment of Francoist Spain, and the war's long legacy.

Content note: The study of History inevitably involves the study of difficult topics that we encourage students to approach in a respectful, scholarly, and sensitive manner. Nevertheless, we remain conscious that some students may wish to prepare themselves for the discussion of difficult topics. In particular, the course organiser has outlined that the following topics may be discussed in this course, whether in class or through required or recommended primary and secondary sources: conflict, murder, violence, and political extremism. While this list indicates sensitive topics students are likely to encounter, it is not exhaustive because course organisers cannot entirely predict the directions discussions may take in tutorials or seminars, or through the wider reading that students may conduct for the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 348 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
2 x 3,000 word essays (20% each)
5,000 word essay (40%)

Non-Written Skills:
Presentation, 10-15 minutes in length (10%)
Participation (10%)
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
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)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSpanish civil war
Course organiserDr Julius Ruiz
Tel: (0131 6)50 3760
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Samson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783
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