Survey of Latin American history, from the colonial period through the national period, focusing first on the discovery, conquest and colonization of the New World, followed by a study of the wars of independence and their aftermath. Political, social, economic and cultural developments in the new states.
Spain’s national unity (1492); the discovery of the New World and its repercussions for Spain and Europe; Charles V and Phillip II; the empire and its peak; the Hapsburg decline (Phillip III, IV); the Bourbons in Spain (Phillip V and Charles III); the Spanish enlightenment; Charles IV and Fernando VII; Isabel II and the First Republic; end of an empire; the Spanish-American War of 1898.
Alfonso XII (1875-85) and Alfonso XIII’s long reign (1902-31); the Second Republic (1931-36); the Spanish Civil War (1936-39); Franco’s long dictatorship (1939-75); the re-establishment of the Parliamentary Monarchy, Juan Carlos I (1975-present).
This course will attempt an introduction to the culture and society of Islam in Spain from a historical point of view. The class examines the ideas and manifestations of Islam in both historical and contemporary examples within Spain. The course also considers the historical and current realities of Muslims in Spain, including the rise and development of Islamic institutions and forms of leadership, Islamic education and the range of issues involved in living as Muslims in a western society, and new roles for Muslim women.