Glennys J. Young
Introduction to the discipline of history for new or prospective majors. Emphasizes the basic skills of reading, analysis, and communication (both verbal and written) that are central to the historian's craft. Each seminar discusses a different subject or problem.
From 1936-1939, Spain was engulfed by a Civil War that took at least 550,000 lives, tore families apart, and destroyed villages. When, in 1939, the Spanish Republic fell, and Spain’s fledgling democracy succumbed to fascist military power, the hopes and dreams of many around the world were shattered. Not only did the defeat of the Republic bring Francisco Franco to power for forty years. The Spanish Civil War was also a horrible preview of the savagery of World War II. Today, a little more than seventy years after the conflict ended, Spain is still confronting its past. In the last decade, a grassroots movement, often spearheaded by the children and grandchildren of the War’s fascist firing squads, has sought to unearth remains from mass graves, identify them, and give them dignified burial. Issues of history and memory are very much alive—and very controversial—in Spain today. In this seminar, we will explore some of the major historical issues and debates concerning the Spanish Civil War. They include its origins, the participation of women, the 40,000 or so volunteers who joined the International Brigades to fight Franco on Spanish battlefields, and the role of the Catholic Church. We will also give attention to refugee movements and their global impact. Readings will include novels (including, in translation, by Spanish authors), books, and articles. The approach will be interdisciplinary, bridging, history, literature, and cinema studies, among other fields.
Student learning goals
Enhancing skills in writing clear and effective prose.
Enhancing ability to read primary sources.
Enhancing ability to assess critically--for clarity of argument, persuasiveness, originality--secondary sources of historical interpretation.
Developing knowledge of European history, and twentieth-century Spanish history in particular.
Developing skills in participating effectively in class discussions.
Developing abilities in interpreting film and literature.
General method of instruction
Mini-lectures, but mostly discussion of readings, films, and lectures.
No formal study of European or Spanish history will be required.
Class assignments and grading
There will be a few 6-8 page papers and shorter writing assignment.
Papers: 75% Class discussion: 25% (Aprroximate distribution)