HIST 522 - The Rise and Fall of the Spanish World Empire3 credits
This course is designed as an overview of the history of Imperial Spain, one of the most influential cultures of modern times. Combining both lecture and seminar formats, the class will focus on the following topics: the creation of the Spanish monarchy; the incorporation of Spain into the European empire of Charles V and the challenge of the Reformation; the clash between the Ottoman and Spanish Empires in the Mediterranean; the development of the Spanish Empire in the Americas; the flowering of a Golden Age culture; the question of imperial decline; and the role played by Spain in the formation of the Atlantic World.
No previous knowledge of Spanish history is required. NOTE: Courses in the 500 series are open to undergraduate students as *400 series. Graduate students are required to do additional work of a research nature. A course completed at the 400 level may not be taken at the 500 level with the same instructor.
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