Spain in the Age of Empire, 1450-1750

3 credits


College of Arts and Science

(cross-leveled with HIST 7605). The early history of Spain is in many ways unique to the rest of Europe and is all too often overlooked in survey courses. Yet Spain has been pivotal in the history of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic World. In this course, we begin with Fernando and Isabel, whose marriage brought together the two principal territories of Castile and Aragon, leading to the beginnings of a “united” Spain. As we trace the political and social history of Spain through the early modern era, we’ll also be examining the many myths surrounding Spanish history including topics such as the Columbian voyages, the Spanish Inquisition and the Black Legend.