Spain in Conflict, 1930-1953
Value: one unit
Professor Helen Graham
Taught through weekly two-hour seminars
3-hour exam (70%), best two of three coursework essays (20%), oral presentation (10%)
The course covers the democratic Second Republic (1931-6) the Spanish Civil War (1936-9) and the first and most brutal phase (1939-53) of the Franco dictatorship. In Spain, as in Europe, the 1930s and 1940s saw the explosion of modern mass political mobilisation and antagonistic visions of national development vied for dominance. The course explores the significance of Francoism in relation to these broader European themes focusing especially on the Franco regime's murderous attempt to create a Spanish version of the Nazi Volksgemeinschaft even after the collapse of Hitler's New Order in Europe.