Antonio Feros

Early modern Spain and Europe; politics, culture, ethnicity, and empire
Associate Professor of History
College Hall 306D
aferos@sas.upenn.edu
215 573.9241

Antonio Feros teaches and writes about politics, culture and ethnic relations in the early modern Spanish empire, and Spanish intellectual and modern history. He has published several articles on the history of the reigns of Philip II (1556-1598), Philip III (1598-1621), and Philip IV (1621-1665); ideas and images of kingship in seventeenth-century Spanish drama and painting; political and court cultures in early modern Europe; and the historiography on the Spanish conquest and colonization of America. He is the author of Kingship and Favoritism in the Spain of Philip III, 1598-1621, (Cambridge University Press, 2000), which has been translated into Spanish, El Duque de Lerma: realeza y privanza en la España de Felipe III (Marcial Pons, 2002).

Feros just published, Speaking of Spain: The Evolution of Race and Nation in the Hispanic World (Harvard University Press, 2017), which analyzes the long-term debate and struggles over race and nation in Spain and the Spanish world, tracing them from the late 15th century to the early 19th century. 

Antonio Feros is currently developing a project provisionally entitled, Spain and the Atlantic World, 1450-1820 (Book under contract with Cambridge University Press), which involves an examination of the discursive, administrative and social foundations of the early modern Spanish empire and their evolution during this period. He is also starting to plan another project, on Post-war and reconstruction in Spain, 1939-1960.

 Antonio Feros offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses all of which focus on the complexity of societies in contrast to a deterministic vision of historical evolution. His courses emphasize the need to pay attention to ideological diversity in each society and period and the need to analyze past societies from a cross-cultural perspective. The themes addressed in his courses are: early modern Spanish and European political, cultural, religious and intellectual history; modern Spain; and the history of early modern European imperialism.

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Research Interests: 

Early Modern and Modern Spain
Colonial Latin America
Early Modern Europe
Political History
Intellectual and Cultural History
Literature, Power and Propaganda
Early modern imperialism
National identities and memories
Civil Wars, Revolts and Revolutions

Selected Publications: 

Books

Speaking of Spain. The Evolution of Race and Nation in the Early Modern Spanish World, Harvard University Press, 2017

El Duque de Lerma. Realeza y favoritismo en la España de Felipe III, Marcial Pons Ediciones, 2002

Kingship and Favoritism in the Spain of Philip III, 1598-1621, Cambridge University Press, 2000

Articles

“A Sick Body: Corruption and Anticorruption in Early Modern Spain,” with Francisco Andújar and Pilar Ponce, in Anticorruption in History: From Antiquity to the Modern, ed. Ronald Kroeze, André Vitória and G. Geltner (Oxford University Press, 2017)

“The Early Modern Iberian Empires: Emulation, Alliance, Competition,” with Alex Ponsen in Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies (2017)

“Rhetorics of Expulsion,” in Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain. A Mediterranean Diaspora, ed. Mercedes García-Arenal y  Gerard Wiegers. Leiden: Brill, 2014, pp. 60-101

“Las varias vidas del Duque de Lerma,” in Erebea: Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, 3 (2013), pp. 169-193

Essays

“Cervantes, Moriscos y la esencia de España.” Revista de Libros (March 2017)

“Civil War Still Haunts Spanish Politics,” New York Times (Arts & Ideas), March 20, 2004

Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 010 The World, 900 - 1750
  • HIST 178 The Foundations of the Early Modern Atlantic World
  • HIST 179 The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire 1450 - 1700
  • HIST 202 Connected Histories: Spain and the U.S.
  • HIST 423 The Mediterranean World in the Age of Don Quixote
  • HIST 620 Early Modern Europe - Traditions and New Trends
  • HIST 620 Early Modern Empires