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Fall 2013-2014
* HIS 348 (HA)  

The Hispanic World, 1400-1800

Adam G. Beaver

Long before Victorian Britain became synonymous with world empire, there was Spain. In the 16th century, the kingdoms of medieval Iberia banded together to forge the first global monarchy, reaching from Latin America to the Philippines--only to watch it disintegrate in the 17th and 18th centuries. Understanding Spain's Golden Age is essential for interpreting not only the histories of modern Spain and Latin America, but also the history of the early modern world. Topics include the creation of Spanish identity; Christian, Muslim, and Jewish relations; the Renaissance; the governance of Empire; imperial decline; and the Enlightenment.

Sample reading list:
Jon Cowans, ed., Early Modern Spain
J. H. Elliott, Spain and Its World, 1500-1700
Henry Kamen, Spain, 1469-1714
Francisco Nunez Muley, Memorandum: President, Royal Audienc
Reading packet,

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read (100-150 pp/week) and discuss a mixture of primary sources and secondary literature. Students will be evaluated primarily on the basis of four assignments: two papers, a midterm exam, and a final exam. The first paper (ca. 6 pp.) will ask students to analyze a primary source from their readings. The second paper (ca. 10 pp.) will encourage them to research a topic beyond the assigned course readings. Both exams will be primarily essay-based.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
There are no prerequisites, though a basic familiarity with European and/or Latin American history may prove useful. Students prepared to read Spanish or Portuguese may choose to use foreign language materials in their assignments, but this is not required..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20813 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am M W   Chancellor Green   105   Enrolled:10 Limit:20
P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:6 Limit:10
P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B24   Enrolled:3 Limit:10