Early Modern History of Spain

The history of Spain in the Modern Age comprises a period that begins with the reign of the Catholic Monarchs and the discovery of America (1492) and ends with the abdication of Charles IV and the outbreak of the War of the Independence in 1808.
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The history of Spain in the Modern Age comprises a period that begins with the reign of the Catholic Monarchs and the discovery of America (1492) and ends with the abdication of Charles IV and the outbreak of the War of the Independence in 1808. The conquest and colonization of America was one of the most important events of the Hispanic monarchy, which managed to control a great empire in both European and American lands. But the internal problems of the monarchy and the great expenses for the maintenance of the Empire brought to Spain numerous wars and economic failures during the modern age. The Old Regime, which was maintained throughout this period, combined with an Inquisition of unique characteristics in Europe and absolutism that was especially noted with the arrival of the Bourbons dynasty, are the main features of this period

Articles of the course: History Spain (Modern Age)

Spanish economy evolution: from the low-medieval crisis to the 18th Century