HIST202 - Connected Histories: Spain, USA and the Americas (1890-1960)

This seminar is divided into three parts. Part I centers on the period 1890-1910 and centers on the Spanish-Cuban-American War and its consequences. We will read and discuss how the United States and Spain interpreted the war, and the social, political and international consequences of this war. We will discuss empires and imperialism, the fall of the Spanish empire and the rise of the American empire. We will also examine common issues both countries had to confront: slavery and racism. Part II focuses on The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and how Americans and Spaniards viewed and lived it. Here we will read and discuss personal experiences in the war, and the public debate on what the government of the United States should do regarding the Spanish Civil War (intervention or no intervention?). Part III focuses on the consequences of the Civil War (1939-present), both from internal and international perspectives (the constitution of the Francoist regime and its internal politics; the repression of political dissidence; the death of Franco and the creation of a democratic political system; perceptions of the civil war during and after Franco; Francoist Spain's role in international politics, etc.). Primary Sources will constitute the core of the required readings – including government documents, newspapers, magazines, memoirs, oral histories, letters, novels, and visual images (photographs, films and paintings). We will also work with secondary sources, interpretative essays (or chapters from books) written by historians. In addition, we will read methodological pieces to learn how historians from various fields (social history, cultural history, political history, et cetera) analyze primary sources.
Day and Time: 
TR 0300PM-0430PM
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: