HST384/385: The Spanish Civil War

40 credits (semesters 1 and 2)

Module Leader: Dr James Yeoman (2018-19)  Professor Mary Vincent (2019-20)



A pass in at least two history modules at level two. Spanish language is not required.


Module Summary

This module introduces students to the advanced study of the Spanish Civil War—a conflict that was not only pivotal in the contemporary history of Spain but that also had a resonance far beyond national boundaries. Volunteers, aid workers, and journalists flocked to Spain from all over the globe, turning the Civil War into the world's first media war as well as an international event. Eye-witness accounts (including photography and film) provide a window into the internal cleavages that ravaged Spain between 1936 and 1939. The module covers the period from the demise of the Second Republic to the beginning of Franco's New State and so considers the experience and memory of the Republican defeat alongside the Francoist victory. Like all civil wars, the Spanish conflict was a struggle between competing visions of the nation: whoever won would determine the future shape of Spanish society. The content of these visions will be examined, as will the competing aims of republicans, regional nationalists, and revolutionaries, on the one hands, and those of conservatives, Catholics, and fascists on the other.


Teaching and Assessment

The module is taught through seminars.

Information on assessment can be found at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level3


Selected Reading

  • Raymond Carr (intro.), Images of the Spanish Civil War (London, 1986)
  • Ronald Fraser, Blood of Spain (London, 1979)
  • Arturo Barea, The Clash (London, 1946; various subsequent editons)
  • Helen Graham, The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2005)
  • Chris Ealham & Michael Richards (eds), The Splintering of Spain (Cambridge, 2005)


Intended Learning Outcomes
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