Research within Department of Medieval, Modern and American History is articulated around a number of different research groups and lines of investigation:
1. Political and ideological constructions and manifestations
- Overview: The construction of the Spanish monarchy: power-structures in Spain and America.
- Specific research lines: The history of power traced through normative, diplomatic, narrative and journalistic texts. Power forms and structures and their manifestations: monarchy, lordships and councils. Civil and ecclesiastical justice. Local government and urban institutions of power. Royal, provincial ad municipal fiscality. Ruling groups: civil and ecclesiastical elites.
2. Social History
- Overview: the History of demographics, social groups, inequalities and conflicts.
- Specific research lines: social history in current historiographical models. Diferential social demography. Quality of life. Social articulation in rural and urban contexts. Economic, social, political and cultural networks. Justice and society: conflict and social marginalisation. Religiosity and everyday life.
3. Transoceanic migratory processes
- Overview: The economic, social and cultural origins, causes, consequences and implications of transoceanic migratory processes.
- Specific research lines: Migratory processes. The history of family groups. Social networks between Spain and America. Migration and settlement in colonial America. Emigration institutions. The great Atlantic migrations.