Dr Julia McClure
In this 30 CATS undergraduate final-year Special Subject module students will develop their understanding of the complexity of the interactions of different groups in the Iberian Peninsula and Spanish Atlantic world in the 1400-1600. Students will focus in particular on the inter-faith relations between Christians, Muslims, and Jews, and the cultural and intellectual legacies of the interactions between these groups. Students will think about the history of Islam in Europe and use the complex history of the Iberian Peninsula to question some of the parameters of existing global histories. Students will also reassess the long history of colonialism, looking at patterns of religious violence, early Atlantic expansion, ‘reconquista’, and the development of the Spanish Empire. Students will approach these topics through the prism of a range of translated primary sources and engage in the historiographical debates over constructs such as ‘convivencia’ and ‘reconquista’.