Winter 2021 Online Course : Imperial Spain

I will be teaching my popular course about the history of Imperial Spain online at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies from January to March 2021. Click here for more information and to register.


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.


  • 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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