Present-day Spain and the Context of International Relations

Universidad de Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Present-day Spain and the Context of International Relations

  • Host University

    Universidad de Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Affairs, International Relations, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    OBJECTIVES
    The aim of this Course is to provide students with as detailed an overview as possible of Spain’s
    International Relations and Foreign Policy within the period dating from the Second World War until the
    Present Day. With this aim in mind, a specific methodology has been designed in terms of the kind of
    students participating in the Course, while also taking into account its duration, as well as the
    distribution of its sessions which will be divided between those of a practical kind and those which are
    theoretical in character.

    METHODOLOGY
    The syllabus will span the academic year’s second semester in two weekly modules, each with a
    duration of two hours. In the theoretical sessions, classes will be based on explanations of the
    fundamental aspects of each of the subject blocks. Once the Course has moved forward, one session in
    three will be dedicated to the screening of, and commentary on, historical documentaries and movies
    specifically chosen as back-up to the explanations and analysis offered in class. Amongst others,
    projections will include those chapters dealing with the question of international relations belonging to
    documentary series such as La Guerra Civil Española; Franco, Juan Carlos I y La Transición Democrática
    Española. The movie ¡Bienvenido, Mr. Marshall! will also be screened.

    SYLLABUS
    SUBJECT BLOCK 1. THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR AS AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT.
    The Domestic Conflict and its Internationalization. France and Britain’s Non-Intervention Policy.
    Resorting to Aid from Hitler. The International Brigade. Soviet Aid and the Moscow Gold. The End of the
    War within its European Context.
    SUBJECT BLOCK 2. SPAIN AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
    The Character of the Franco Regime. The Regime Families and the Struggle in the Name of Duty. From
    Neutrality to Non-Belligerence: the Temptation to Enter the War. The Entry of the United States in the
    Conflict and the Change of Direction in the Franco Regime’s Foreign Policy. Germany’s Defeat and
    Diplomatic Isolation: the Withdrawal of Ambassadors.
    SUBJECT BLOCK 3. INTERNATIONAL ISOLATION (1945-1953).
    Autocracy and Isolationism in the International Context. Portugal and Spanish America: The Dual Hubs
    of the Regime’s Foreign Relations. The Issue of Israel. The Case of Spain at the United Nations. The
    Opposition to the Franco Regime: from Hope to Disappointment.
    SUBJECT BLOCK 4. THE ROAD TOWARD INTEGRATION WITHIN THE INTERNATIONAL SCENARIO (1953-
    1959).
    “The Cinderella of the West”: the Cold War and International Recognition (Membership of the United
    Nations, The 1953 Concordat and the Agreements with the United States). The Decolonization of
    Morocco. The Issue of Gibraltar.

    SUBJECT BLOCK 5. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE SIXTIES.
    Economic Growth and Social Change. Tourism and Emigration. Overtures to the European Economic
    Community. The Revision of the Agreement with the United States. The Independence of Guinea.

    SUBJECT BLOCK 6. FRANCO’S DICTATORSHIP IN CRISIS.
    The Friendship and Cooperation Agreement with the United States. The Crumbling of Francoism. The
    Impact of “The Revolution of the Carnations” in Portugal. The Deterioration of Relations with the Holy
    See. The Putting Down of Internal Opposition and International Protests. The Crisis of the Sahara.
    SUBJECT BLOCK 7. THE TRANSITION TOWARD DEMOCRACY. 1975-1982.
    Spanish Society and the Building of a New Regime. Political Parties and the Constitution of 1978. The
    Renewal of Friendship with the United States and the Inauguration of NATO Membership. Entente with
    Eastern Europe.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.