Spain from Democracy to Dictatorship: Republic, Civil War and Francoism, 1931-1953 (MLS2067)

15 credits

Between 1931 and 1953, Spaniards experienced the birth and collapse of their country’s first democracy, a three-year civil war and the fierce Francoist repression of the immediate post-war period. This module will introduce students to this tumultuous period, examining the key events in both a national and international context. We begin by analysing the social and political mobilisation, change and fragmentation of the democratic Second Republic (1931-1936). The course then covers the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939) and the most repressive period of the Francoist dictatorship (1939 – 1953).

This module is suitable for all Hispanic Studies students at level two.