Day School: A New Look at the Spanish Civil War

Ref: C2226132

This extraordinary event continues to exert a particular fascination. An ultra-conservative military coup attempts to overthrow the democratically elected government of Spain. Other fascist forces join in, eager to rehearse the use of their new weaponry and approaches to "modern" warfare. This conflict is often seen as a dress rehearsal for the Second World War. In response to this, thousands of volunteers, from around the world, joined on the side of the Republic, determined to stop fascism developing further. The Spanish Civil War is then, the very stuff of legend. We shall especially be looking at the ideologies driving the forces, on both sides. How did it happen that largely Stalinist communists fought against syndicalist communists, and against anarchists ? Surely, they were all on the same side ? What would all this mean for the creation of a "modern" Spain ? Whose Spain ?

Course aim

To look at events leading up to the Spanish Civil War of 1936 - 1939; what happened during the fighting, and importantly, how Franco used history as propaganda to lay blame on blame the Republican government & portray himself as the saviour of Spain.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand & analyse the events studied
  • See how the fascist forces were able to claim victory, and how Franco was able to rule Spain for the next 36 years
  • understand more clearly the divisions that arose during the war
  • discuss, with confidence, the issues raised

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • There will be plenty to discuss and all students will be encouraged to engage fully with the content. There maybe some small group work involved. The tutor will also create an online resource dedicated to this course.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • If you have a laptop or tablet, it would be useful to bring them with you.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You may like to try these: Helen Graham The Spanish Civil War - A Very Short Introduction Oxford UP Antony Beevor The Battle for Spain Phoenix Paul Preston The Spanish Civil War Harper Perennial

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Day School: A New Look at the Spanish Civil War

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