Winter 2023 Online Course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Imperial Spain

In January, February and March 2023, I will be teaching a course on the history of Imperial Spain online at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Click here for more information and to register.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Ferdinand and Isabella transformed Spain into a world power. They sponsored Columbus’s voyages to the Americas and formed alliances with other European kingdoms. This new imperial Spain had a dark side in the rise of the Inquisition, the expulsion of Spain’s Jews and the exploitation of the colonies’ native peoples. Gold and silver from the Americas made Spain’s rulers the richest in Europe until the Golden Age came to an end with the wars of the 18th century. Join Carolyn Harris for illustrated lectures and lively discussion about the rise, fall and enduring influence of imperial Spain.
 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Discern the lessons of the rise and fall of Imperial Spain for modern politics and international relations.
  • Appreciate the art and culture of Golden Age Spain and their lasting impact on painting, literature and architecture.
  • Trace the influence of Imperial Spain on the politics and culture of Latin America today.

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My Winter 2023 Course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Magna Carta and The Making of the Modern World

I will be teaching my course about the history and impact of Magna Carta, the charter imposed on King John of England by his barons in 1215, in January-February 2023 in-class at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

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Course Description: The Magna Carta is the landmark charter that placed limits on the power of the English king. Neither the king nor his rebel baron opponents necessarily expected its terms to be respected for long. But some of the Magna Carta’s principles – like the right to trial by peers and due process – have become basic to common law. The charter influenced the creation of Parliament and the concept of equality before the law. Later interpretations informed the American and French Revolutions, Canada’s Confederation and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 800th anniversary in 2015 was celebrated around the world, and a surviving copy of the Magna Carta was exhibited across Canada. Join Carolyn Harris, author of Magna Carta and its Gifts to Canada, and discover the enduring impact of this document on the modern world.

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Smithsonian Magazine Interview: Why 1992 Was Such a ‘Horrible Year’ for Elizabeth II and the Royal Family

I discussed Queen Elizabeth II’s annus horribilis in 1992 with Meilan Solly at Smithsonian Magazine including the breakdowns of the marriages of three of the Queen’s four children, the fire at Windsor Castle and how these events are being dramatized in Season 5 of The Crown on Netflix.

Click here to read Why 1992 Was Such a ‘Horrible Year’ for Elizabeth II and the Royal Family in Smithsonian Magazine

CBC News Interview: Mixing royal fact and fiction: Why the next season of The Crown is facing more controversy

I discussed Season 5 of The Crown on Netflix, which will be released on November 9, including why this season is more controversial than previous seasons, and how the priorities of historical fiction are different from those of historical scholarship.

Click here to read “Mixing royal fact and fiction: Why the next season of The Crown is facing more controversy” in The Royal Fascinator newsletter at CBC News

I also recently discussed the accession of King Charles III and The Monarchy in Canada with CBC Kids

My interview with CBC Airplay: What Is Queen Elizabeth II’s Legacy to Canada?

Royal Studies Podcast: English Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty

I discussed the English Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty series with co-editors Elena Woodacre, Aidan Norrie, and Joanna Laynesmith on the Royal Studies Podcast including key themes in the history royal consorts, and the challenges of co-editing a book series that includes chapters on every English/British royal consort from 1066 to the present day!

Click here to listen to English Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty on the Royal Studies Podcast

Click here to purchase the first volume in the series to be published: Tudor and Stuart Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty, edited by Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, J. L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer and Elena Woodacre.

Rabble Radio Podcast Interview: Keep Calm and Carry On: Reviewing the Royals in Canada

I discussed the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II and popular perceptions of the royal family in Canada with Rabble Radio.

Click here to listen to Keep Calm and Carry On: Reviewing the Royals in Canada