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Spain in the Modern World

Madrid, Spain


Professor Pamela Radcliff
Dates Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 24, 2017
Arrival: Sun., June 25, 2017
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., June 26, 2017
First Day of Class: Tues., June 27, 2017
Last Day of Class: Fri., July 28, 2017
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., July 29, 2017

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • Please plan your arrival into the Madrid airport (airport code (MAD) during the times of 10:00am and 1:00pm in order to take advantage of airport pick up provided by our partner in Madrid. 
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like more information about these flights or the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Galbraith Rm 4024, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Why you should go

The location of Madrid, Spain will serve as an ideal site to introduce students to the process of building the modern nation-state, one of the key themes of both courses. This program will integrate the geography, museums and monuments of the vibrant city of Madrid into the participants' educational experience. Viewing this process from Madrid also opens the door to a broader discussion of what we might call the “center/periphery” divide in modern global history. The divide between the wealthy and poor regions of the world, or what we would now loosely call the global north and south, began to widen dramatically from the early 19th century, accelerating in the 20th. All the way up to the last quarter of the 20th century, Spain occupied an intermediate space between “center” and “periphery”, on the periphery of a Western Europe it was always trying to catch up with, but leading the way, both economically and politically, for other less developed nations in the 20th century. In Spain’s troubled and tumultuous modernization over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, we can trace many of the paradoxes, conundrums and obstacles faced by the many new and struggling nations in the 20th century global order.

Meet the professor

Prof. Pamela RadcliffPamela Radcliff is chair of the History Department and a historian of Modern Spain, whose research has focused on mass politics, gender, civil society and democratic transitions.  Her recently published book, Making Democratic Citizens, explores the grass-roots contribution of ordinary men and women to Spain’s much celebrated democratic transition of the 1970s, through the lens of their participation in civic associations founded under the dictatorship. She has been carrying out research in Madrid for thirty years and has been teaching the two courses offered on this program for more than twenty years. Professor Radcliff received her B.A. from Scripps College and M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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