Battleground Spain, 1936-1939: International Perspectives on the Spanish Civil War (HIH1033)

Staff
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the broad range of sources available to the modern historian through study of the international as well as domestic dimensions of the Spanish Civil War. Individual seminars (see topic list below) will focus on various sources, such as diplomatic records, autobiographies, diaries, oral history interviews, letters, newspaper articles, films of different kinds, photographs, propaganda pamphlets and posters. You will also have the opportunity to conduct your own research into these sources, consider their value and limitations, and use them to explore particular topics and themes. This module will help you develop skills in source analysis and research to provide a foundation for future historical work.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Understand and assess the main developments and key aspects, from an international perspective, in the history of the Spanish Civil War.
  • 2. Work critically with a range of written and visual sources relating to the topic.
  • 3. Assess the sources in relation to the historical debates, purposes for which different contemporary sources were produced, and analyse and evaluate their reliability and usefulness for the study of the Spanish Civil War.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Identify the problems of using historical sources, e.g. utility, limitations, etc, and compare the validity of different types of sources.
  • 5. Answer a question briefly and concisely.
  • 6. Present work orally, respond to questions orally, and think quickly of questions to ask other students.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Conduct independent study and group work, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
  • 8. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
  • 9. Work with others in a team and to interact effectively with the tutor and the wider group.
  • 10. Write to a very tight word-length.

Syllabus plan

Weekly seminar topics may vary, but can include: the Spanish Second Republic and the origins of the war in an international context; the response of European governments to the military coup of July 1936; the Non-Intervention committee; the International Brigades; the propaganda war; foreign correspondents in Spain; intellectuals’ engagement with the war; humanitarian intervention; the Aid Spain movement in Britain and elsewhere; transitions from the civil war to the Second World War; and legacies of the war in the present day.

Weekly seminar topics may vary, but can include: the Spanish Second Republic and the origins of the war in an international context; the response of European governments to the military coup of July 1936; the Non-Intervention committee; the International Brigades; the propaganda war; foreign correspondents in Spain; intellectuals’ engagement with the war; humanitarian intervention; the Aid Spain movement in Britain and elsewhere; transitions from the civil war to the Second World War; and legacies of the war in the present day.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
22128

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Lectures21 x 2 hour lecture: Introduction to the module
Seminars2010 x 2 hour seminars. At a meeting of the whole class generally a different group of 3-4 students will give a presentation to the whole class, followed by class discussion and working through the sources for that week carefully. Additional sources may be issued in the class and the lecturer will also use the time to set up issues for the following week.
Guided independent study128Students prepare for the session through reading and research; writing five source commentaries and an essay and preparing one group presentation in the course of the term.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group presentation (3-4 students)10-15 minutes1-4, 6-7, 9Oral
Lowest mark from portfolio of 5 source commentaries500 words1-5, 7-8, 10Mark and written comments

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries602000 words (500 per commentary)1-5, 7-8, 10Mark and written comments
Essay on Sources401500 words1-5, 7-8, 10Mark and written comments
0
0
0
0

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries1-5, 7-8, 10Ref/Def
1500 word essay1500 word essay1-5, 7-8, 10Ref/Def

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Alpert, Michael, A New International History of the Spanish Civil War (Basingstoke, 2004)
  • Baxell, Richard, Unlikely Warriors. The British in the Spanish Civil War and the Struggle Against Fascism (London, 2012).
  • Casanova, Julian, A short history of the Spanish Civil War (London, 2013)
  • Fraser, Ronald, Blood of Spain. An Oral History (Harmondsworth, 1981)
  • Fyrth, Jim, The Signal was Spain: the Spanish Aid Movement in Britain, 1936-1939 (London, 1996)
  • García, Hugo, The Truth About Spain! Mobilizing British Public Opinion, 1936-1939 (Brighton, 2010)
  • Graham, Helen, The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2005)
  • Kirschenbaum, Lisa, International Communism and the Spanish Civil War: Solidarity and Suspicion (Cambridge, 2015)
  • Mazower, Mark, Dark Continent. Europe’s Twentieth Century (London, 1999)
  • Preston, Paul, ‘The Great Civil War: European Politics, 1914-1945’ in The Oxford History of Modern Europe, edited by T. C. W. Blanning (Oxford, 2000)
  • Preston, Paul, The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain (London, 2013)
  • Thomas, Hugh, The Spanish Civil War (4th ed.) (London, 2003[1961])

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

25/08/2017

Last revision date

25/08/2017

Key words search

Spain, Spanish Civil War, Interwar Europe, Fascism, Communism, International Brigades, Second World War, Franco, Propaganda