The rich cultural heritage of Spain emerged from the diversity of peoples who have inhabited the land throughout its complex and multicultural history — from Phoenicians, Celts, Greeks, and Romans in the ancient world to Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Middle Ages. By the 1600s Spain had become the world’s first global empire and produced both Cervantes and Velázquez. We will trace this rich and vibrant history through a series of online lectures by Joyce E. Salisbury in "The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad," assigned as homework along with other reading and viewing assignments posted on Canvas. With this historical context as a foundation, study group presentations will focus on selected works of art and architecture, literature, music, and other cultural achievements of the diverse peoples inhabiting the Iberian Peninsula. It is imperative that each member of the study group be willing to research and present topics from our syllabus. A subscription to Wondruim.com (formerly Great Courses Plus) is required. Subscription gives you access to all Wondruim material, not just the material needed for this course. A 14-day free trial is available, then $20/month (or $15/month if on a quarterly plan). Subscription can be cancelled at any time.