Spain from Absolutism to Democracy (HIH2145A)
In this module we will examine the turbulent history of Spain from the nineteenth century to the present day. One of the most culturally diverse countries in Europe, during this period Spain underwent a remarkable political development: just about every shade of political ideology and form of government has vied for control, leading to a series of civil wars (the most famous in the 1930s), dictatorships and liberal experiments. Spain was the first European country to be eclipsed as an imperial power before becoming a leading advocate of European integration. The country was also transformed from one of the most backward economies and societies in the nineteenth century to one of the most advanced in the late twentieth century. This module is taught through the medium of English and no knowledge of other languages is required.