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Degree number of credits: 60

Compulsory credits: 30

Elective credits: 15

Final project: 15

Degree code: 2197

Years: 1

Teaching type: Blended

Knowledge branch: Arts and humanities

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Places available for new students: 15

Minimum number of enrolment credits per student: 36

Price per credit
[2023-2024 academic year]:
35,34 €

Management Centre: Faculty of Geography and History

Languages used in class: Spanish and Valencian

Participating Universities: University of Valencia, University of Alacant, Jaume I University and University of Barcelona

Academic Coordinating Committee: Juan Francisco Pardo Molero (Director)
Amparo Felipo Orts
Pablo Pérez García
Mónica Bolufer Peruga
Manuel Lomas Cortés
Javier Sáez Olivas (PAS)

Academic, scientific or professional interest: It is an unavoidable requirement for society to learn the historic background to understand better the present. It is necessary to reconstruct this history applying a scientific method to avoid explanations based on myths and misrepresentations. Therefore, it is necessary to train specialists capable of improving the field of historiography and deepen in the knowledge of the past from scientific assumptions. The process of political construction of the European Union faces, at present, a series of problems such as the mutual boundaries of sovereignty between its different members, harmonisation of entities with different cultural and historical traditions, even in conflict, and the necessity to look for a common ideological foundation that respects the identity of their members. The historical reflection and a better knowledge of the past, especially in the study of politic entities that faced similar problems, can contribute to a better understanding of current challenges. One of these is constituted, within the regional Southern Europe, by the Western Mediterranean territories, both Italian and Spanish, which were integrated in the Spanish Monarchy. That was imposed to its members like a project based on political loyalty to the Habsburg dynasty, identified with the defense of Catholicism, and regards to the territorial particularities that form the model of government of the Monarchy, which facilitated the consolidation and the permanence of identity traits -language, cultures, legal and political systems…- with the support by local leaders groups. With the disappearance of the Spanish Monarchy, the Spanish and Italian territories followed a different trajectory that culminated in the 19th century with their respective integration in the kingdoms of Spain and Italy. However, some of those identity traits have survived. The richness of this common history and its distinguishing traits require the training of specialists, who could develop direct research tasks based on the extensive archival materials, and reflection and synthesis from the historiographical sources.

PhD programme linked to this Master’s programme: Modern History

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