History of Spain and Travel in Spain Today

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Bi-weekly;  Week Two; Monday;  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fall Term In-person, Winter Term Online via Zoom, **NEW**

Spain has a long and interesting history, as successive waves of conquerors have come to the land of the original Iberian peoples, each leaving its particular marks. Looking at these gives not just the flavour of Spain, but of the Mediterranean itself. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Gauls, Celts, Goths and Visigoths with early church Roman Catholicism, Islamic Moors of North Africa, and Jews of the Middle Eastern diaspora, these and more have impacted the development and diversities within this nation state.

At the same time, we will look at provinces and cities where the participants have or would like to visit. Each class will consist of two presentations: the first on a portion of Spanish history; the second on a city or province chosen by that presenter.


Brenda Doyle (bdoyle250@yahoo.ca) has an honour’s degree in history. She taught this at a secondary level before returning to graduate school, becoming a psychologist. She has travelled widely in Europe, the Middle East and in Asia.

Axel Peter von Bertoldi (pvonbert@gmail.com) started travelling at an early age, in Europe, where he is from, then to Latin America, North America and parts of the rest of the world. Has been in Spain many times, always visiting some different region.