Antonio Feros

Antonio Feros

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History

Early modern Spain and Europe; modern Spain; politics, culture, ethnicity, and empire

215 573.9241

College Hall 308B

Antonio Feros teaches and writes about politics, culture and ethnic relations in the early modern Spanish empire, and Spanish intellectual and modern history. He has published several articles on the history of the reigns of Philip II (1556-1598), Philip III (1598-1621), and Philip IV (1621-1665); ideas and images of kingship in seventeenth-century Spanish drama and painting; political and court cultures in early modern Europe; and the historiography on the Spanish conquest and colonization of America. He is the author of Kingship and Favoritism in the Spain of Philip III, 1598-1621, (Cambridge University Press, 2000), which has been translated into Spanish, El Duque de Lerma: realeza y privanza en la España de Felipe III (Marcial Pons, 2002).

His last book, Speaking of Spain: The Evolution of Race and Nation in the Hispanic World (Harvard University Press, 2017), which analyzes the long-term debate and struggles over race and nation in Spain and the Spanish world, tracing them from the late 15th century to the early 19th century. It has been translated into Spanish under the title,  Antes de España. Nación y raza en el mundo hispánico, 1450-1820) (Marcial Pons, 2019). In collaboration with Professors Pedro Cardim (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), and Fernando Bouza (Universidad Complutense), Antonio Feros recently published The Iberian World, 1450-1820 (Routledge, 2019)

Antonio Feros is currently developing a tree-volume history of contemporary Spain. The first volume (1939-1947), will include the study of Spain between the end of the civil war (1939) and the end of WWII. The second, 1947-1967, will analyze the attempts by the Franco regime to institutionalize a dictatorship within a democratic Europe and in the context of the Cold War.  The third, 1968-1985, will analyze the growing democratic opposition to the Franco’s regime, and the transition towards a fully democratic country.

Antonio Feros offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses all of which focus on the complexity of societies in contrast to a deterministic vision of historical evolution. His courses emphasize the need to pay attention to ideological diversity in each society and period and the need to analyze past societies from a cross-cultural perspective. The themes addressed in his courses are: early modern Spanish and European political, cultural, religious and intellectual history; modern Spain; and the history of early modern European imperialism.

Office Hours
M, 11:00-1:30 and by appointment

Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University

M.A. The Johns Hopkins University

BA. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Research Interests

Early Modern and Modern Spain
Colonial Latin America
Early Modern and Modern Europe
Political History
Intellectual and Cultural History
Literature, Power and Propaganda
Early modern imperialism
National identities and memories
Civil Wars, Revolts and Revolutions

Courses Taught

HIST 030  The Making of Europe

HIST 178 The Foundations of the Early Modern Atlantic World

HIST 179 The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire 1450 - 1700

HIST 202 Connected Histories: Spain and the U.S.

HIST 423 The Mediterranean World in the Age of Don Quixote

HIST 620 Early Modern Europe - Traditions and New Trends

HIST 620 Early Modern Empires

Selected Publications


Speaking of Spain. The Evolution of Race and Nation in the Early Modern Spanish World, Harvard University Press, 2017

Antes de España. Nación y raza en el mundo hispánico, 1450-1820, Marcial Pons, 2019

El Duque de Lerma. Realeza y favoritismo en la España de Felipe III, Marcial Pons Ediciones, 2002

Kingship and Favoritism in the Spain of Philip III, 1598-1621, Cambridge University Press, 2000

The Iberian World, 1450-1820Routledge, 2019


“Corrupción y mecanismos de control en la Monarquía Hispánica: una revisión crítica”, in Tiempos Modernos, 35 (2017), pp. 284-311 

“Conocer para poseer? Historia del mundo y sus regiones en las bibliotecas españolas de los siglos XVI y XVII,” in Historia en Fragmentos. Estudios en homenaje a Pablo Fernández Albaladejo, ed. Julio A. Pardos, et al Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2017, pp. 345-363   

“A Sick Body: Corruption and Anticorruption in Early Modern Spain,” with Francisco Andújar and Pilar Ponce, in Anticorruption in History: From Antiquity to the Modern, ed. Ronald Kroeze, André Vitória and G. Geltner (Oxford University Press, 2017)

“The Early Modern Iberian Empires: Emulation, Alliance, Competition,” with Alex Ponsen in Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies (2017)

“Rhetorics of Expulsion,” in Expulsion of the Moriscos from Spain. A Mediterranean Diaspora, ed. Mercedes García-Arenal y  Gerard Wiegers. Leiden: Brill, 2014, pp. 60-101

“Las varias vidas del Duque de Lerma,” in Erebea: Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, 3 (2013), pp. 169-193


“Cervantes, Moriscos y la esencia de España.” Revista de Libros (March 2017)

“Civil War Still Haunts Spanish Politics,” New York Times (Arts & Ideas), March 20, 2004


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