The Spanish Civil War, Causes, Course and Consequences
Monday 9th January 2012
Many mutually-antagonistic political currents erupted into the defining conflict of its era. A precursor to the Second World War, the Spanish Civil War sucked in individuals from across the world, including many from Britain. It was to beggar and isolate Spain for a generation whilst emboldening Hitler and Mussolini. Its consequences persisted for decades, some until today. This course provides an overview of the war’s causes, course and (continuing) consequences and relevance.
The course will start with a discussion of the long-term causes of the tensions which eventually led to the outbreak of sustained violence. It will examine the role of the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera in the 1920s and the course of the Republic which was declared in 1931. It will track the descent into war in the summer of 1936 and then both the military and political course of the war. The course will look at the collapse of the Republic and the consequences of the war including the ongoing ones. It will touch on some of the key personalities and incidents as well as the important international dimensions. The course will also take a look at the war in art, literature and film.
2) Developments From 1923 To Nov 1935: The Two Sides Form
3) The Descent Into War (Nov 1935 → October 1936)
4) Key Incidents & Characters (1)
5) The Middle Period (October 1936 → February 1938)
6) The International Dimension
7) Key Incidents & Characters (2)
8) Life In The Two Zones
9) Political Developments From July 1936 & The Collapse Of The Republic (February 1938 → March 1939)
10) Key Incidents & Characters (3)
11) Literature & Cinema
12) The Consequences, The Lessons & Why Do We Still Study It?
As this course is non-credit-bearing there are no exams or assessments.