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5AAH1008 History of the Iberian World (1492-1822)

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor 2018/19: Dr Matteo Salonia

Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 2 x 2,500 word essays (50% each)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years

The Iberian world extended from Flanders, Sicily and Sardinia to Manila and Macao, comprehending the Portuguese colonies in South Asia, Persian Gulf, East Africa, Central and West Africa and South America, as well as the Spanish colonies in South, Central and North America, including the Caribbean islands. The Iberian countries created a significant historical and geographical inter-continental complex that reached its peak during the period of unification of the crowns (1580-1640). This historical complex was established throughout the sixteenth century and partly survived the renewed independence of Portugal. We will observe the tension between forms of integration and forms of autonomy that developed through time until the processes of independence in America. Economic connections, merchant networks, political culture and artistic forms will be considered. We will also study local resistance, configurations of colonial societies and transfer of knowledge. The main purpose of the course is to build a solid knowledge of the Iberian History and its importance for the World History, discussing the main stereotypes still existent. 

Provisional teaching plan

  1. The Mediterranean, the Atlantic and Beyond
  2. The Spanish territorial system in America
  3. The Portuguese network in Africa and Asia; Brazil and the Atlantic world
  4. The political debate. The school of Salamanca
  5. The empires’ peripheries and the religious debate
  6. Art
  7. Rivalry and cooperation
  8. Entanglements, polycentrism and satellites
  9. Colonial rule and Enlightenment
  10. The process of independence
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