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Publications


Cañada Blanch Studies on Contemporary Spain

General editor of the series: Professor Paul Preston

 

 

serem2017

Rubén Serém
 A Laboratory of Terror: Conspiracy, Coup d'état and Civil War in Seville, 1936-1939. History and Myth in Francoist Spain
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2017)
ISBN 978-1-84519-881-7

Synopsis

A Laboratory of Terror: Conspiracy, Coup d'état and Civil War in Seville, 1936-1939 dissects the conspiracy against the democratic Second Spanish Republic in the context of the uprising and civil war in Seville, the capital of Spain's largest region, Andalusia, and the most populous urban centre seized by the military rebels during the coup d'état of July 1936. As the major industrial and economic centre in insurgent Spain, Seville remains central to understanding the rebels' repressive project, for this Andalusian province witnessed the highest number of extra-judicial assassinations throughout the war.

This is the first book in any language to bring together the subject of the civil war in Seville, the career of one of the most influential leaders of the rebel faction, General Queipo de Llano, and Francoism's most resilient myth. It dismantles, one by one, a series of carefully constructed narratives employed as rhetorical weapons to justify both the rebellion and the murderous rule of Queipo de Llano. The size and importance of the city meant that it became a critical battleground in the struggle for political legitimacy - and it remains so for Spain's on-going 'memory wars', a series of public and academic disputes over the historical memory of the Franco regime. Rúben Serém examines the socio-economic context of Queipo's great purge, the painful transition from democracy to autocracy and the political nature of the general's rule in Andalusia. In doing so, this work demonstrates how several features of Queipo's system of government were enthusiastically embraced by the nascent Francoist state, hence Seville's unenviable status as a Laboratory of Terror.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Serem.htm

Ofer2017

Inbal Ofer
Claiming the City and Contesting the State: Squatting, Community Formation and Democratization in Spain (1955-1986)
(London: Routledge/Cañada Blanch, 2017)
ISBN 978-1-138-23771-1

Synopsis

Claiming the City and Contesting the State: Squatting, Community Formation and Democratization in Spain (1955-1986) analyses the relationship between internal migration, urbanization and democratization in Spain during the period of General Francisco Franco's dictatorship (1939-1975) and Spain's transition to democracy (1975-1982). Specifically, the book explores the production and management of urban space as one form of political and social repression under the dictatorship and the threat posed to the official urban planning regimes by the phenomenon of mass squatting (chabolismo). The growing body of recent literature that analyses the role of neighbourhood associations within Spain's transition to democracy points to the importance and radicalism of associations that formed within squatters' settlements such as Orcasitas in Madrid, Otxarkoaga in Bilbao or Somorrostro and el Camp de la Bota in Barcelona. However, relatively little is known about the formation of community life in these neighbourhoods during the 1950s and about the ways in which the struggle to control and fashion urban space prior to Spain's transition to democracy generated specific notions of democratic citizenship amongst populations lacking in prior coherent ideological commitment.

For more information:

https://www.routledge.com/Claiming-the-City-and-Contesting-the-State-Squatting-Community-Formation/Ofer/p/book/9781138237711

Jones2017

Nathan Jones
The Adoption of a Pro-US Foreign Policy by Spain and the United Kingdom
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2017)
ISBN 978-1-84519-835-0

Synopsis

The alliance between Prime Ministers José María Aznar and Tony Blair represented a crucial moment in recent European and world politics, owing to the divisive nature of their support for the United States in the wake of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. The extent of their collaboration, combined with their interventionist approach to tackling global threats, reflected an unprecedented level of cooperation between Spain and the United Kingdom.

This book sets out to explain Aznar and Blair's foreign policy and how they came to support the United States. Understanding their relationship is imperative to explaining divisions over European reform, intervention, tackling rogue states, the response to 9/11, and the war on terrorism. This critical period in world politics has been subject to significant academic analysis, but the motivations behind the adoption of a pro-US foreign policy by Aznar and Blair have hitherto not been examined from a comparative perspective. Analysis uncovers factors that have either been overlooked or understated in terms of their influence throughout the Aznar-Blair relationship, particularly regarding their alliance in the European Union before September 2001. This compelling comparative study is invaluable to explaining how two leaders from different political backgrounds and traditions became such close allies, and how they came to support US foreign policy despite the pressures of deep divisions within the EU political bloc.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/jonesadoption.htm

Fox2017

Soledad Fox Maura
Jorge Semprún: The Spaniard who Survived the Nazis and Conquered Paris
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2017)
Hardback ISBN 978-1-84519-851-0
Paperback ISBN 978-1-84519-852-7

Synopsis

Spanish by birth, Parisian by adoption, Jorge Semprún (1923-2011) was a legendary figure on the front lines of twentieth-century European history. During the first half of his life he was an exile of the Spanish Civil War, a member of the French Resistance, a Nazi camp survivor, and clandestine agent for the Spanish Communist Party. After repeatedly risking his life from the 1930s to the 1960s, he reinvented himself as a prolific writer who turned the extraordinary material from his own life into a series of autobiographical novels, beginning with The Long Voyage, his 1963 masterpiece about his deportation to Buchenwald.

Semprún was equally at home amongst the madrileños of his childhood, fellow prisoners of the Buchenwald concentration camp, politicians, and artists and writers, such as his close friend Yves Montand or Gabriel García Márquez. He is best known internationally as a prize-winning novelist and memoirist, and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. In collaboration with Alain Resnais and Costa-Gavras he wrote the screenplays for, respectively, La guerre est finie and Z. In Spain, his extraordinary achievements were recognized when in 1988 he was named Minister of Culture.

The research for this biography draws on archival materials from Spain, France, Germany, the United States and Russia; it includes many interviews with family members, close friends, politicians, and artists including former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez and film director Costa Gavras.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/biography/FoxJorge.htm

Munoz2016

Jaume Muñoz Jofre
La España corrupta: Breve historia de la corrupción (de la Restauración a nuestros días, 1875-2016)
(Granada: Editorial Comares/Cañada Blanch, 2016)
ISBN 978-8-49045-422-0

Synopsis

La España corrupta: Breve historia de la corrupción (de la Restauración a nuestros días, 1875-2016) intenta sintetizar la historia reciente de uno de los temas que más ha preocupado a la sociedad española cada vez que ha atravesado un periodo de crisis: la corrupción de sus esferas gobernantes. El libro pretende comprender los procesos y la evolución de las malas prácticas realizadas desde los puestos de responsabilidad y representación públicos en España, evitando limitarse a enumerar sus casos más destacados durante el último siglo y medio. Se busca, pues, entender cómo se han producido, en qué han consistido y cómo han afectado a la vida y a la imagen que el país tiene de sí mismo las corrupciones electoral, económica, política, etc., ofreciendo una imagen de conjunto que empiece a llenar el vacío historiográfico existente en el tratamiento de esta temática desde una perspectiva de largo alcance cronológico. 

Caciquismo, estraperlo, tupinadas, tarjetas 'black', Gürtel son sólo algunas de las múltiples caras de un problema que no es genuinamente español pero que sí que ha marcado la vida de los españoles a lo largo de la historia. La corrupción ha recibido intentos de respuesta muy diversos, generando movimientos políticos de protesta -desde el Regeneracionismo al 15-M- y si ha sido perseguida ha sido desde instituciones de gobierno democráticas. Su persistencia se debe a muchos factores, siendo uno de los más importantes su uso como método de afianzamiento en el poder -sobre todo durante los periodos dictatoriales. En un momento en que los casos de corrupción colapsan la esfera pública española, un estudio como este no busca normalizarlos, sino arrojar luz sobre los males de la impunidad en el poder.

For more information:

http://www.editorialcomares.com/TV/articulo/3118-La_Espana_corrupta.html 

Manganas2016

Nicholas Manganas
Las dos Españas: Terror and Crisis in Contemporary Spain
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2016)
ISBN 978-1-84519-849-7

Synopsis

The idea of a divided Spain, where one half is antagonistic to the other half, dates back at least to the 19th-century Spanish satirist Mariano José de Larra who, in his essay "All Souls' Day 1836", wrote "Here lies half of Spain. It died of the other half". The narrative of las dos Españas is evident across many political and historical debates operating in the Spanish state, and contemporarily it shadows and informs national issues from Catalan independence to the teaching of history in schools. But it is most polemical in debates concerning the issue of terror in all its manifestations. Las dos Españas takes a multidisciplinary approach in understanding narratives of terror in contemporary Spain, in an attempt to contextualize terrorism socially and politically, as well as ideologically. Selective case studies of terror-related events in the Spanish state include the long-running Basque conflict, the state-sponsored death squad (GAL) scandal in the 1980s, the March 2004 terrorist attacks in Madrid, and other terror episodes. The author argues that these terror-related events can be re-read in terms of traces and links to long-standing historical narratives. However, since the onset of the global economic crisis in 2009 and its devastating effect on Spanish society, narratives of economic crisis have begun to supersede narratives of terror in the construction of the two Spains. The conclusion drawn is that the narrative of las dos Españas still has the power to continue to divide Spain ideologically in political discourse. Terror and crisis narratives are intertwined with the narrative of las dos Españas to provide a coherent argument that allows one to better understand the subversive nature of contemporary Spanish politics.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Manganas.htm 

Anderson2016

Peter Anderson
Friend or Foe? Occupation, Collaboration and Selective Violence in the Spanish Civil War 
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2016)
ISBN 978-1-84519-794-0

Synopsis

'Today with the Red Army captive and disarmed, the Nationalist [nacionales] troops have achieved their final military objectives. The war is over.' With these two sentences, on 1 April 1939, General Franco announced that his writ ran across the whole of Spain. His words marked a high point for those who had flocked to Franco's side and since the start of the Civil War in July 1936 had carried out what they regarded as the steady occupation of the country. The history of this occupation remains conspicuous by its absence and the term occupation lies discredited for many historians. The danger of leaving the history of the occupation unexplored, however, is that a major process designed to control the conquered population remains in the shadows and, unlike many other European countries, the view of occupation as an imposition by outsiders remains unchallenged.

Friend or Foe? explores how Francoist occupation saw members of the state and society collaborate to win control of Spanish society. At the heart of the process lay the challenging task in civil war of distinguishing between supporter and opponent. Occupation also witnessed a move from arbitrary violence towards selecting opponents for carefully graded punishment. Such selection depended upon fine-grained information about vast swathes of the population. The massive scale of the surveillance meant that regime officials depended on collaborators within the community to furnish them with the information needed to write huge numbers of biographies. Accordingly, knowledge as a form of power became as crucial as naked force as neighbours of the defeated helped define who would gain reward as a friend and who would suffer punishment as a foe.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Anderson.htm 

Marco2016

Jorge Marco
Guerrilleros and Neighbours in Arms: Identities and Cultures of Anti-fascist Resistance in Spain
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2016)
ISBN 978-1-84519-752-0

Synopsis

The Spanish Civil War, fought between 1936 and 1939, was the first battle against fascism in Europe. Five months after the victory of dictator Francisco Franco in Spain the conflict moved to Europe with the outbreak of the Second World War. Fascism and anti-fascism again faced each other on the battlefield. Amid the heat of the Nazi invasions in Europe, anti-fascist resistance groups formed by ordinary citizens emerged in virtually all European countries. Although the Franco dictatorship was not directly involved in the world war, in Spain an anti-Franco resistance movement was organised in 1939 and lasted until 1952. Although the Spanish resistance constituted the first and last anti-fascist resistance movement in Europe, the Spanish case has been consistently overlooked by international studies.

This book inserts the Spanish anti-Franco resistance into the European context, proposing a new narrative of anti-fascist resistances in Europe. At the same time, the book offers a new interpretation of guerrilla phenomena with a strongly peasant character, as was the case of the resistance in Spain. The author underlines the importance of primary groups (kinship, neighbourhood, friendship) and secondary groups (camaraderie and political loyalties) in the mobilisation and organisation of armed groups. For this study, Jorge Marco establishes twelve variables that permit him to distinguish between 'neighbours in arms' and 'modern guerrilla'. The studied combinations of groups and types demonstrates the plurality of the identities and cultures of the anti-fascist resistance in Spain. 

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Marco.htm

Bjerstrom2016

Carl-Henrik Bjerström
Josep Renau and the Politics of Culture in Republican Spain, 1931–1939: Re-Imagining the Nation
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2016)
ISBN 978-1-84519-739-1

Synopsis

At once pragmatic and utopian, the Spanish artist, critic and political activist Josep Renau engaged in multiple ways in the volatile cultural conflicts of interwar Europe, which converged on Spain in the Second Republic's battle to modernise both politics and society (1931-1939). Renau used his idiosyncratic artwork and agit-prop, inspired by the Constructivists and the German avant-garde, to critique the timidity of the Republic's first democratising reforms. To envision an alternative, he launched arts organisations and magazines whose goal was to begin the work of redefining Spanish national self-image through cultural innovation. The ideas Renau developed would soon come to shape government policy during the war in Spain (1936-39) when Renau served as the Republic's Director General of Fine Arts. In power, Renau was a tireless cultural innovator, whose initiatives not only helped mobilise tens of thousands of Republicans but also shaped the new collective imaginaries emerging from the conflict.

This book offers the first interdisciplinary and contextualised analysis of the relationship between art and politics in Renau's work at the time of Spain's pivotal attempt to pursue democratic forms of modernisation. It traces the connections between Renau's political goals and the specific visual strategies he deployed, providing a comprehensive historical assessment of his attempts to turn protean theory into effective practice. In spite of the Republic's military defeat, Renau's work, and the wartime cultural programme he inspired and impelled, offer fertile material for debates on the dynamic relationship between culture and democracy in ways which remain as relevant and urgent today as they were when Renau took up the challenge.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Bjerstrom.htm 

Ealham2015

Chris Ealham
Living Anarchism: José Peirats and the Spanish Anarcho-Syndicalist Movement
(Oakland: AK Press/Cañada Blanch, 2015)
ISBN 978-1-84935-238-3

Synopsis

Living Anarchism: José Peirats and the Spanish Anarcho-Syndicalist Movement is a study of one man and a collective biography of the working class into which he was born. The story of José Peirats shows the human foundations of Spanish anarchism and the ties of friendship and community that cemented the largest anti-authoritarian movement in the world. 

“In his biography of Pierats—anarchist, autodidact, brick maker and historian—Chris Ealham presents us with an unsettling portrayal of that most challenging and complex organization, the CNT-FAI, both in its greatest moments and in the agony and brutality of its exile. Commanding the narrative throughout, though, is Peirats. José Peirats both helped make history as a militant anarchist, sometimes with gun in hand, and wrote some of the most detailed and determinedly impartial history our movement has ever produced. It is a matter of real satisfaction to know that this exemplary militant and scholar has the biography he deserves.”—Barry Pateman, archivist and author with the Kate Sharpley Library

"Anyone interested in Spanish anarchism is familiar with the name of José Peirats, the chronicler of the libertarian movement. Few people, however, are aware of Peirats's activist life, the struggles in Spain during the years of the Republic and civil war or during the sordid internal conflicts of the anarchist movement in exile. This gap is now filled by Chris Ealham's magnificent biography."—Paul Preston

For more information:

https://www.akpress.org/living-anarchism.html 

Miguez2015

Antonio Míguez Macho
The Genocidal Genealogy of Francoism:
Violence, Memory and Impunity
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2015)
ISBN 978-1-84519-749-0

Synopsis

The Francoist command in the Spanish Civil War carried out a programme of mass violence from the start of the conflict. Through a combination of death squads and the use of military trials around 150,000 Spaniards met their deaths. Others perished in concentration camps and prisons. The terror took other forms, such as mass rape, extortion, "appropriation" of children and forced exile. The planned nature of this violence meant that the Francoists decided when the violence would begin, the way it would be carried out and when it would come to an end. This is a primary reason why the judicial concept of genocidal practice, alongside the use of comparative history, can furnish insights.

The July 1936 uprising was not only aimed at ending the Republican regime, but had ideological goals: preventing the supposed Bolshevik Revolution, defending the 'unity of Spain' and reversing centre-left social and cultural reforms. An over-arching objective was the elimination of a social group identified as 'an enemy of Spain' - a group defined as not Catholic, not Spanish, not traditional. The genocidal intent of the coup via access to state resources, their monopoly of force in some territories and their subsequent victory ensured that the practice of genocide could be realized in the whole Spanish territory, permitting the hegemonic nature of the denialist discourse surrounding these crimes.

Public debate over Francoism brings with it substantive disagreements. The Genocidal Genealogy of Francoism engages with the root causes of these disagreements. Violence and the memory of violence are viewed as part of a single phenomenon that has continued to the present, a process that is located within a comparative framework that analyses the Spanish case beyond the debate between Francoism and anti-Francoism. The author explains the political and judicial proceedings in recent Spanish history with regard to its violent past and the implications for international justice initiatives.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Macho.htm 

Minchom2015

Martin Minchom
Spain’s Martyred Cities: From the Battle of Madrid to Picasso’s Guernica
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2015)
ISBN 978-1-84519-660-8

Synopsis

Spain's Martyred Cities studies international reactions to the Spanish Civil War between the Battle of Madrid in November 1936 and the bombing of Guernica in April 1937. Many of the iconic events of the war belong to this key period, when international perceptions of the conflict were decisively shaped. The subject is approached through French and British newspapers and pamphlets, and events are linked to both their immediate press coverage and subsequent literary and artistic representations.

For contemporaries, the aerial bombardments of Madrid, Guernica and other cities formed part of a single, unbroken narrative. It was only later that Guernica acquired its perceived symbolic primacy. The language of 'martyrdom' was sometimes evoked in pro-Republican writing as a means of challenging Francoist claims to the religious and moral high ground. But the ur-text was The Martyrdom of Madrid (1937), a compilation of the posthumous, censored reports of the French correspondent Louis Delaprée on the bombing of Madrid. Delaprée's earliest reporting (July-October 1936) was from both the Nationalist and Republican zones and is used to provide an introductory overview of the early stages of the war. He was an eyewitness of the aerial bombardments of Madrid in November 1936, and subsequently, the posthumous publication of his writings created a major stir in Paris. Delaprée's powerful and emotive writing provides a platform from which to discuss issues of press censorship and journalistic practice. It is notable for its initial impact, when publication in no less than five languages enabled it to reach writers as different as Virginia Woolf and André Malraux. This book shows that Delaprée's reports were also an important catalyst in Picasso's artistic involvement in the war, culminating in his Guernica

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/minchom.htm 

Moreno2015

Xavier Moreno Juliá
The Blue Division: Spanish Blood in Russia, 1941-1945
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2015)
ISBN 978-1-84519-737-7

Synopsis

This book, translated from the original Spanish, is the primary academic and historical study of the Blue Division - a Falangist initiative involving the dispatch of some forty-thousand Spanish combatants (more than a half of whom paid with their lives, health, or liberty) to the Russian Front during the Second World War.

Xavier Moreno Juliá does not limit himself to relating their deeds under arms, but also analyses - for the first time - the political background in detail: the complex relations between the Spanish government and Hitler's Germany; the internal conflicts between the Falangists and the Army; the rise and fall of Franco's brother-in-law, Minister Ramón Serrano Suñer, who inspired the Blue Division and became the second most powerful person in Spain; and the attitude of General Agustín Muñoz Grandes, commander of the Blue Division, who was encouraged by Berlin to seriously consider the possibility of taking over the reins of Spanish power.

Based on massive documentation in German, British and Spanish archives, this book is an essential source of information to understand Spain in the 1940s - an epoch when the Caudillo's power and the regime's good fortune were less secure than is often believed.

For more information: http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Julia.htm 

Pretus2015

Gabriel Pretus
La ayuda humanitaria en la Guerra Civil española (1936-1939)
(Granada: Editorial Comares/Cañada Blanch, 2015)
ISBN 978-84-9045-295-0

Synopsis

La tragedia de la Guerra Civil Española sigue atrayendo la atención de los lectores y de los historiadores. No obstante, hasta ahora las labores humanitarias desarrolladas por diversas organizaciones habían caído en el olvido. Por fin, con esta obra se supera este vacío. La guerra de España enfrentó a diversas ideologías irreconciliables y agitó las consciencias, condicionando la opinión pública europea y mundial. Hubo muchos hombres y mujeres que, comprometidos con el dolor y el sufrimiento ajeno, acudieron a España a aliviar la situación. Colaboraron entonces con organizaciones que siempre guardaron la independencia respecto a ambos bandos y respetaron el principio de neutralidad: entre ellas se encontraron los Cuáqueros (británicos y americanos), la Cruz Roja, Save the Children (de Reino Unido y Suiza), o la Comisión Internacional para la ayuda de Niños Refugiados en España. En las páginas de este libro queda al descubierto, por ejemplo, la verdad sobre la actitud del general Franco hacia la ayuda humanitaria extranjera, pero también la política de los gobiernos republicanos hacia la misma. Se rescatan las vidas, esfuerzos y dificultades de muchas personal que, desde distintas partes del mundo, acudieron a España para desarrollar labores humanitarias que paliasen la tragedia española.

For more information:

http://www.editorialcomares.com/TV/articulo/2970-La_ayuda_humanitaria_en_la_Guerra_Civil_espanola_(1936-1939).html 

Palfreeman2015

Linda Palfreeman
Spain Bleeds: The Development of Blood Transfusion during the Civil War
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2015)
ISBN 978-1-84519-717-9

Synopsis

War is sometimes mistakenly construed as the chief impetus for medical innovation. Nevertheless, military conflict obliges the implementation of discoveries still at an experimental stage. Such was the case with the practice of blood transfusion during the Spanish Civil War, when massive demand for blood provoked immediate recourse to breakthroughs in transfusion medicine not yet integrated into standard medical practice.

The Spanish Civil War marked a new era in blood transfusion medicine. Frederic Duran Jordà and Carlos Elósegui Sarasoles, directors, respectively, of the blood transfusion services of the Republican Army and of the insurgent forces, were innovators in the field of indirect blood transfusion with preserved blood. Not only had they to create transfusion services, almost from scratch, capable of supplying campaigning armies with blood in wartime conditions, they also had to struggle against the medical establishment and to convince their medical peers of the value (not to mention the scientific significance) of what they were doing.

The Blood Transfusion Service of the Republic was a truly international effort, with medical volunteers from all over the world carrying out transfusion work in primitive and often dangerous conditions. All took their lead from one man - the young Catalan haematologist, Frederic Duran Jordà , the indisputable pioneer of civil war blood transfusion medicine. From humble beginnings at the outbreak of war, blood transfusion services were created in Spain that would later become crucial in the treatment of casualties during the Second World War and would shape the future evolution of blood transfusion medicine throughout the developed world.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/PalfreemanSpain.htm 

Derby2015

Mark Derby
Petals and Bullets. Dorothy Morris:
New Zealand Nurse in the Spanish Civil War
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2015)
ISBN 978-1-84519-684-4

Synopsis

"It was bright moonlight - good bombing light - and once we had to stop and put out our lights as a Fascist aeroplane flew over. They usually come swooping down with guns firing at cars, especially ambulances. Finally we arrived at a town among the hills about 12.30 p.m. Here there is a hospital of about 100 beds in a former convent… They expect an attack tonight."

In these words New Zealand nurse Dorothy Morris described her journey to a Republican medical unit of the Spanish Civil War in early 1937. This book is based on the vivid, detailed and evocative letters she sent from Spain and other European countries. They have been supplemented by wide-ranging research to record a life of outstanding professional dedication, resourcefulness and courage.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/biography/derby.htm 

Anderson2015

Peter Anderson and Miguel Ángel del Arco Blanco (eds.)
Mass-Killings and Violence in Spain, 1936-1952: Grappling with the Past
(London: Routledge/Cañada Blanch Studies, 2015)
ISBN 978-0-415-85888-5

Synopsis

Historians have only recently established the scale of the violence carried out by the supporters of General Franco during and after the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939. An estimated 88,000 unidentified victims of Francoist violence remain to be exhumed from mass graves and given a dignified burial, and for decades, the history of these victims has also been buried. This volume brings together a range of Spanish and British specialists who offer an original and challenging overview of this violence. Contributors not only examine the mass killings and incarcerations, but also carefully consider how the repression carried out in the government zone during the Civil War - long misrepresented in Francoist accounts - seeped into everyday life. A final section explores ways of facing Spain's recent violent past.

Table of Contents:

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415858885/

Review of Spanish Edition by Ángel Viñas (in Spanish):

http://www.angelvinas.es/?p=206

Bel2015

Germà Bel
Disdain, Distrust and Dissolution: The Surge of Support for Independence in Catalonia
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2015)
ISBN 978-1-84519-704-9

Synopsis

Support for independence in Catalonia has increased rapidly over the past decade. This dynamic is the result of Catalans in political, economic and academic fields who no longer believe that the necessary reform of Spanish government is a viable option in terms of achieving an acceptable arrangement for Catalonia to stay within the Spanish state. Rejecting assimilation on the basis that a uni-national state is unworkable for a host of structural reasons, not least the lack of reform progress to date, secession is viewed as the preferred choice for the betterment of the region’s people.

Disdain, Distrust and Dissolution dissects the problems of the relationship between Catalonia and Spain. The author investigates the dynamics of conflict between opposing groups, the resulting effects on inter-territorial distrust, and the impact on the functioning of the Spanish state as a whole. These conflictual issues are projected onto areas of public policy that reflect basic motivations of rising public support for independence: national identity and sense of community (language and education policy); economic viability (fiscal relations with the state); and future opportunities in a global world (issues of infrastructure, especially transport).

The overwhelming conclusion is that the accumulation of mutual distrust between the opposing parties is a major obstacle to the functioning of the Spanish state. Mutual perception of unfairness and lack of trust is an impediment to the design and functioning of future shared projects – and without agreement and engagement there is no benefit to either party, to the detriment of Spain and its peoples. 

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/politics_ir/Bel.htm 

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Kathryn Crameri
Goodbye Spain?’ The Question of Independence for Catalonia
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2014)
ISBN 978-1-84519-659-2

Synopsis

Support for independence in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia has risen significantly since 2005. Opinion polls confirm that the idea of holding a legally-binding referendum on independence is now supported by 80% of Catalans. Many commentators on nationalism in Western Europe had come to the conclusion that there was no serious threat to the established nation-states from secessionism within their borders. In The Identity of Nations (2007), Montserrat Guibernau wrote that decentralisation ‘tames secessionism, both by offering significant power and resources to the national minorities it seeks to accommodate and by enticing regional political elites with the power, prestige and perks associated with devolution’. Scott Greer, in Nationalism and Self-Government (2007), wrote that ‘secession seems unlikely’ in the Catalan case because the regional political elites have too much to lose by such a move and are most concerned with winning further autonomy in specific areas that stabilise their own hold on regional power – a conclusion called into question by the recent radicalisation in Catalan politics and civil society.

Causes for these striking changes in public sentiment include changes in the Catalan political landscape since 2003, problems of infrastructure, public apathy with the political process, disillusionment with the Spanish government, a rise in anti-Catalan feeling from other Spaniards (and a rise in anti-‘Spanish’ feeling among Catalans), the effects of the global financial crisis and the bumpy ride experienced by Catalonia’s new Statute of Autonomy. One notable change has been a shift in the dominant discourse of Catalan nationalism from concerns regarding language, culture and identity toward the political and economic welfare of Catalans. These political and economic discourses have overlaid rather than replaced cultural aspects. 

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Crameri.htm 

Quintanilla2014

Paul Quintanilla
Waiting at the Shore: Art, Revolution, War, and Exile in the Life of the Spanish Artist Luis Quintanilla
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2014)
ISBN 978-1-84519-597-7

Synopsis

Waiting at the Shore chronicles the extraordinary life of the Spanish artist Luis Quintanilla, championed by Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Elliot Paul and many other American and European writers and artists. In 1912, at the age of eighteen, he ran off to Montmartre where, under the influence of his fellow countryman Juan Gris, he began his artistic career as a Cubist. Returning to Madrid before the war he befriended prominent Spaniards, including Juan Negrín, the Premier during the Spanish Civil War. In April 1931 he and Negrín participated in the peaceful revolution which ousted the monarchy and installed the Second Spanish Republic. When civil war broke out, Quintanilla helped lead troops on Madrid’s Montaña Barracks, which saved the capital for the Republic.

“Because great painters,” as Hemingway put it, “are scarcer than good soldiers,” the Spanish government [Negrín] ordered Quintanilla out of the army after the fascists were stopped outside Madrid. The artist completed 140 drawings of the various fronts of the war which were exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, with a catalogue by Hemingway. After the Republic lost the war Quintanilla was forced into an exile which lasted several decades. Living in New York and in Paris he strove to perfect his art, shunning the modernist vogues of the time. Although a celebrity when he first arrived in the United States he eventually fell into obscurity. This volume, which is heavily illustrated, brings him out of the shadows of neglect and provides the compelling story of an artist who led not just an extraordinary life but left a legacy of paintings and drawings which, in both their skill and great imaginative variety, should be known to all art lovers. 

For more information: 

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/art_history/quintanilla.htm 

Palfreeman2014

Linda Palfreeman
Aristocrats, Adventurers and Ambulances:
British Medical Units in the Spanish Civil War
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Canada Blanch, 2014)
ISBN 978-1-84519-610-3

Synopsis

When a military coup provoked civil war in Spain in July 1936, many thousands of people around the world rallied to provide humanitarian aid. Britons were no exception. Collective efforts in Britain to provide aid for the Spanish Republic were vast in both scope and effect. Whilst such enterprise has formed the focus of a few previous studies, some of the most dramatic stories of the Spanish war have yet to be uncovered.

This book seeks to shed light on the activities of two separate ventures that played important roles in British medical and humanitarian aid to Spain – the Scottish Ambulance Unit and Sir George Young’s Ambulance Unit. The volunteer members of these teams (those who went out to Spain and those who supported them in Britain) earned the unstinting praise of the Spanish government for their selfless commitment to the cause, as well as winning the respect and gratitude of the citizens whose welfare they strove so selflessly to protect.

Recently discovered documentation reveals previously undisclosed details of these remarkably altruistic and, indeed, heroic enterprises, clarifying the reasoning behind their creation and documenting their endeavours in Spain – endeavours of key relevance to the wider history of the conflict. In Spain, the volunteers of the Scottish Ambulance Unit and the George Young Ambulance Unit offered a heartening and inspiring antithesis to the suffering they sought to relieve. They deserve to be remembered for what they embodied during those days of untold cruelty and destruction – outstanding examples of man’s humanity to man. 

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/PalfreemanAristocrats.htm 

Souto2013

Sandra Souto
Paso a la juventud: Movilización democrática, estalinismo y revolución en la República Española
(Valencia: Publicacions de la Universitat de València/Cañada Blanch, 2013)
ISBN 978-8-43709-102-0

Synopsis

Paso a la juventud fue una consigna que se hizo común durante la guerra civil española en la zona controlada por el gobierno legítimo de la Segunda República. Se expandió en discursos y folletos e incluso en una película. Expresaba una realidad nueva —la de los jóvenes como protagonistas de la movilización social y política— que se había ido forjando en Europa occidental durante el primer tercio del siglo xx y, sobre todo, en el periodo de entreguerras. Este proceso también afectó a la sociedad española, en la que la movilización juvenil tuvo su culminación durante la guerra civil. Los jóvenes se convirtieron en un soporte fundamental del bando republicano, tanto en el frente como en la retaguardia, en el mundo rural y en el urbano, en la cultura y en la producción. Las organizaciones juveniles movilizaron también a las mujeres jóvenes e, incluso, a los niños y tuvieron una influencia internacional sin precedentes y que, probablemente, tampoco se ha repetido. Este libro analiza todos estos elementos y la misma configuración de las organizaciones juveniles en la República en guerra, las alianzas y los enfrentamientos entre ellas. Se utiliza una abundante y desconocida documentación, tanto española como extranjera, que permite conocer una nueva faceta del conflicto bélico. Se tienen en cuenta en todo momento el contexto internacional en que se produjo esta movilización, que permitió el desarrollo de un amplio movimiento juvenil internacional de solidaridad con la República Española, y las difíciles condiciones en que se llevó a cabo la lucha republicana frente a los sublevados el 18 de julio de 1936.

Manera2013

Carles Manera
The Great Recession: A Subversive View
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2013)
ISBN 978-1-84519-603-5

Synopsis

This book analyses the major economic crisis that began in 2007–8 and continues in 2013. Carles Manera explains that it is not just a financial crisis, caused primarily by the banking sector, as many commentators claim, but a systemic crisis caused in part by overproduction, falls in business profits, environmental problems and a stubborn insistence by political and monetary authorities on economic policies driven by austerity. Providing examples from the economic history of western nations, which provide economists and social scientists with essential reference for understanding the complexities behind this Great Recession, the author proposes economic solutions to end the crisis that are at odds with policies proposed and acted on by major European governments, led by Germany. Manera thus adopts a heterodox approach – a “subversive view” – making this book stand out not only from governmental economic policy-making but taking a stance far from conventional academic literature on economics.

Prof. Manera is highly critical of the economic policy coming out of Berlin and Brussels, in which ultra-neoliberal orthodoxy is the predominant form of economic action. He is of the firm opinion that this wrong path will only prolong the crisis for the most vulnerable members of society and for the middle classes, which make up the economic consumer power-house of the European economy. A prime objective of the work is to foster a committed viewpoint and engagement by all European nation states whereby Germany should lead Europe out of this Great Recession (rather than leading Germany only out) and that the European Central Bank should broaden substantively its objectives and concentrate on policies that support economic growth.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/economics_banking/Manera.htm 

Gonzalez2013

María Jesús González
Raymond Carr: The curiosity of the fox
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2013)
ISBN 978-1-84519-535-9

Synopsis

Raymond Carr pioneered a new way of looking at modern Spanish history, releasing Spaniards from the shackles of Romantic myth and allowing them to see their nation as a country like any other, rather than one set apart from the rest of Europe. Born in humble circumstances, he journeyed through a fascinating period in twentieth-century British history, vaulting the class barriers that were still very much in place in the England of his day and turning himself into an interested and acutely observant member of the exclusive and decadent world of the late aristocracy, even becoming a keen huntsman. Familiar with the intricate and secret highways and byways of Oxford, both as an undergraduate at Christ Church and, later, as a Fellow of All Souls and of New College, he eventually became Warden of St Antony’s.

Throughout his Oxford life, he met and befriended some of the most important, eccentric and charismatic intellectual figures of the entire twentieth century. But he was also on first-name terms with aristocrats, prime ministers, artists, spies, the foremost U.S. players in the Cold War and military leaders in Francoist Spain. This biography tells a story that is in some ways stranger than fiction. By tracing the various facets of Raymond Carr’s life and personality – as intellectual, traveller, social chameleon, academic mover and shaker, lover of politics and unrepentant enquirer into anything and everything to do with life and human history – the author builds a masterly picture of the society into which he was born, the politics and culture of a England that is now lost to us and the work of one of England’s major Hispanists.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/biography/gonzalez.htm 

Cabana2013

Ana Cabana
La derrota de lo épico
(Valencia: Publicacions de la Universitat de València/Cañada Blanch, 2013)
ISBN 978-84-370-9089-4

Synopsis

 La resistencia silente, sustentada sobre voces y gestos rastreables, configura la conflictividad en Galicia durante los dos primeros decenios del franquismo. El estereotipo de un entorno sumiso y afín al régimen se desdibuja ante la proyección de actitudes comunitarias de conflicto. Ana Cabana indaga en este libro las formas de disenso que son activadas durante este periodo por la población rural y configuran un marco de identidad colectiva reconocible, coherente y protector de un modo de vida y un orden propios. Los testimonios de naturaleza archivística u oral, retazos de memoria colectiva y de oficialidad, desbrozan el camino y llenan de sentido un paisaje de resistencias civiles poblado de simbolismos verbales y gestuales, pasividad consecuente, redes de apoyo, clandestinidades y memorias vivas.

For more information:

http://puv.uv.es/la-derrota-de-lo-epico.html?___store=espanyol&___from_store=valencia 

Anstee2013

Margaret Joan Anstee
JB — An Unlikely Spanish Don: The Life and Times of Professor John Brande Trend
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2013)
ISBN 978-1-84519-572-4

Synopsis

John Brande Trend, the first Professor of Spanish in Cambridge in 1933, arrived at his Chair by a circuitous route through a variety of disciplines, encountering a host of prominent people in pre-war political, cultural and intellectual life. It was this wider experience that made his teaching so unique and makes his story central to the period through which he lived.

At Cambridge with the doomed generation who were to perish in the First World War, Trend studied Natural Sciences but fell under the spell of the musicologist Edward Dent, who became his lifelong friend. A brilliant linguist and musician, it was music that took Trend to Spain in 1919 to unearth ancient manuscripts and to write articles for London magazines. He fell in love with a country undergoing a cultural, intellectual and political transformation that culminated in the establishment of the Second Republic in 1931. He became a close friend of Manuel de Falla, whose music he introduced to the British public, as well as of the ill-fated poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, and other luminaries of the optimistic 1920s. After the euphoria of the Republic and the subsequent Civil War, he never returned to Spain but did much to help Spanish exiles and refugees. Academically he extended his interests to Central and South America, one of the first Hispanists to do so. Trend’s books on Spanish literature and music were vivid and evocative, as was his style of teaching, inspired by the philosophy of the Spanish educationalist, Francisco Giner de los Rios.

Drawing on Trend’s prolific and hitherto unknown correspondence with many celebrated figures, the book depicts his extraordinary personality and achievements and his first-hand involvement in important events of the period. 

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/biography/anstee.htm 

Lethbridge2013

David Lethbridge
Norman Bethune in Spain: Commitment, Crisis and Conspiracy
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2013)
ISBN 978-1-84519-547-2

Synopsis

Born to fanatical religious zealots, deeply wounded by an unloving mother and a weak father whom he hated, Norman Bethune struggled throughout his life to overcome deep emotional scars. Sexually inhibited, given to outbursts of near psychopathic rage, this wounded doctor healed himself through healing others.

In the mid-1930s, Bethune emerged as a renowned surgeon fighting the twin plagues of disease and fascism. When Franco launched his offensive, Bethune traveled quickly to Madrid, organized a mobile transfusion service and, often under fire, brought blood to the wounded at the front.

David Lethbridge presents a complex analysis of Bethune’s unique activities and personality as they intersected with history: His engagement with medical, political, and military civil war players, and the Communist party; his cadaver blood transfusion work with the Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, Hermann Muller; the profound effect that the Malaga atrocity had on him, and the role it played in his attempt to build “children’s cities” outside war zones; his meeting with Graham Spry – a high-ranking functionary in the Canadian social democratic party, the CCF; the unraveling of Bethune’s romantic relationship with the Swedish journalist Kasja Rothman; the implications of his friendship with Henning Sorensen, a possibly secret member of the Communist Party of Canada, and the circumstances of the conspiracy that led to Bethune’s ejection from Spain.

The book concludes with Bethune’s political tour throughout North America raising funds and public awareness on behalf of the Spanish Republic. 

For more information: 

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/biography/lethbridge.htm  

Espinosa2013

Francisco Espinosa Maestre
Shoot the Messenger? Spanish Democracy and the Crimes of Francoism: From the Pact of Silence to the Trial of Baltasar Garzón
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2013)
ISBN 978-1-84159-542-7

Synopsis

Judge Baltasar Garzón achieved international prestige in 1998 when he pursued the perpetrators of crimes committed in Argentina against Spanish citizens and began proceedings for the arrest of the Chilean ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet. But when he transferred his attention to his Spanish homeland he was put on trial for opening an investigation into crimes committed by Francoists. As result he now (February 2012) finds himself on the point of being expelled from the judiciary.

The Garzón case is neither so absurd nor so difficult to understand if the record of the Spanish judiciary is examined through the prism of a series of representative cases since the transition to democracy. Key is the way the judiciary has dealt with those who have investigated cases of people murdered by the military rebels from July 1936 onwards. Shoot the Messenger? relates thirteen judicial cases that took place between 1981 and 2012. They range from the banning of the documentary film Rocío by Fernando Ruiz Vergara, because it named the person responsible for one of the massacres in southwest Spain, to the recent trial of Judge Garzón. The judicial outcome in each case reflected the prejudices and ideology of the judge in charge.

The Francoist repression still constitutes a dead weight in Spanish politics as heavy as the gravestone that covers the remains of the dictator in the Valle de los Caídos. The nature of the transition from autocracy to democracy has made it difficult to overcome a black past that not even the post-Franco democratic governments — Rodríguez Zapatero’s “memory” policy included — have dared confront. The potential defrocking of Judge Garzón puts the Spanish polity/judiciary back in the realm of Franco’s end-of-year message on December 30, 1969, with what became the nautical catch-phrase of his twilight years, “all is lashed down and well lashed down” (todo ha quedado atado, y bien atado).

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Espinosa-Maestre.htm 

Dowling2013

Andrew Downling
Catalonia Since the Spanish Civil War: Reconstructing the Nation
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2013)
ISBN 978-1-84159-530-4

Synopsis

Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War examines the transformation of the Catalan nation in socio-economic, political and historical terms, and offers an innovative interpretation of the determinants of its nationalist mobilisation. With Franco’s and Spanish nationalism’s victory in 1939 and the consolidation of a long-lasting dictatorship, it appeared certain that the Catalan national movement would be crushed. Yet, this did not happen and Catalan nationalism and identity reemerged at the end of Franco’s dictatorship in 1975 more firmly rooted than before. The core of Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War traces the Francoist repression and the nationalist response to it, demonstrating how new political actors reconfigured Catalan nationalism over the course of the Franco regime (1939–1975).

Post-Franco, Catalan cultural and political identity was consolidated and Catalonia became the most successful state-less nationalism in western Europe. The 21st century has been marked by an ever-growing independence movement, culminating in the vast demonstration in the city of Barcelona in July 2010. Andrew Dowling provides multi-faceted viewpoints in historic perspective, and reflects on possible steps and outcomes for this new pro-independence turn in Catalan nationalism.

This study will appeal not only to students of Spain but also to those interested in nationalism as a separate issue of enquiry. The themes treated in the book – Franco’s Spain, nationalism, anarchism, Catholicism, communism and the Catalan role in Spain’s transition to democracy – make this work an essential point of reference for students and researchers in Hispanic studies, modern European history and political science.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Dowling.htm 

Espinosa2012

Francisco Espinosa Maestre
Guerra y represión en el sur de España:
Entre la historia y la memoria
(Valencia: Publicacions de la Universitat de València/Cañada Blanch, 2012)
ISBN 978-8-43708-977-5

Synopsis

 La presente obra ofrece un amplio panorama sobre las consecuencias del golpe militar del 18 de julio. Con los trabajos que contiene se pretende mostrar qué fue en la práctica la destrucción de la República a través de algunos hechos ocurridos en el suroeste a partir de las elecciones de febrero de 1936, prestando especial atención al destino de los alcaldes republicanos; romper mitos asentados sobre la implantación de los golpistas, especialmente en torno al gran foco sevillano de Queipo o a la ocupación de Badajoz, y ofrecer algunas claves sobre los estragos que un golpe militar, una guerra y una larga dictadura han causado en nuestra memoria colectiva y que llegan hasta nuestros días. Cada vez parece más claro que la lucha de memorias que vivimos desde hace unos años solo concluirá a base de historia y de adecuadas políticas de memoria que socialicen esos conocimientos. 

Thomas2012

Maria Thomas
The Faith and the Fury: Popular Anticlerical Violence and Iconoclasm in Spain, 1931-1936
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2012)
ISBN 978-1-84519-546-5

Synopsis

The five-year period following the proclamation of the Republic in April 1931 was marked by physical assaults upon the property and public ritual of the Spanish Catholic Church. These attacks were generally carried out by rural and urban anticlerical workers who were frustrated by the Republic’s practical inability to tackle the Church’s vast power. On 17– 18 July 1936, a right-wing military rebellion divided Spain geographically, provoking the radical fragmentation of power in territory which remained under Republican authority. The coup marked the beginning of a conflict which developed into a full-scale civil war. Anticlerical protagonists, with the reconfigured structure of political opportunities working in their favour, participated in an unprecedented wave of iconoclasm and violence against the clergy. During the first six months of the conflict, innumerable religious buildings were destroyed and almost 7,000 religious personnel were killed.

To date, scholarly interpretations of these violent acts were linked to irrationality, criminality and primitiveness. However, the reasons for these outbursts are more complex and deep-rooted: Spanish popular anticlericalism was undergoing a radical process of reconfiguration during the first three decades of the twentieth century. During a period of rapid social, cultural and political change, anticlerical acts took on new – explicitly political – meanings, becoming both a catalyst and a symptom of social change. After 17–18 July 1936, anticlerical violence became a constructive force for many of its protagonists: an instrument with which to build a new society. This book explores the motives, mentalities and collective identities of the groups involved in anticlericalism during the pre-war Spanish Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War and is essential reading for all those interested in twentieth-century Spanish history.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Thomas.htm 

Graham2012

Helen Graham
The War and Its Shadow: Spain's Civil War in Europe's Long Twentieth Century
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2012)
ISBN 978-1-84519-510-6

Synopsis

In Spain today the civil war remains ‘the past that will not pass away’. The long shadow of the Second World War is now also bringing back centre frame its most disquieting aspects, revealing to a broader public the stark truth already known by specialist historians – that in Spain, as in the many other internecine wars soon to convulse Europe, war was waged predominantly upon civilians – millions were killed not by invaders and strangers, but by their own compatriots, including their own neighbours. Across the continent, Hitler’s war of territorial expansion after 1938 would detonate myriad ‘irregular wars’, of culture as well as of politics, which took on a ‘cleansing’ intransigence as those driving them sought to make ‘homogeneous’ communities, whether ethnic, political or religious.

So much of this was prefigured with primal intensity in Spain in 1936, where, on 17–18 July, a group of army officers rebelled against the socially-reforming Republic. Saved from almost certain failure by Nazi and Fascist military intervention, and by a British inaction amounting to complicity, these army rebels unleashed a conflict in which civilians became the targets of mass killing. The new military authorities authorized and presided over an extermination of those sectors associated with Republican change – especially those who symbolized cultural change and thus posed a threat to old ways of being and thinking: progressive teachers, self-educated workers, ‘new’ women. In the Republican zone, resistance to the coup also led to the murder of civilians. This extrajudicial and communal killing in both zones would fundamentally make new political and cultural meanings that changed Spain’s political landscape forever.

Helen Graham explores the origins, nature and long-term consequences of this exterminatory war in Spain, charting the resonant forms of political, social and cultural resistance to it and the memory/legacy these have left behind in Europe and beyond. Not least is our growing sense of the enormity of what, in greater European terms, the Republican war effort resisted: Nazi adventurism and the continent-wide wars of ethnic and political ‘purification’ it would unleash. 

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Graham.htm 

Purcell2012

Hugh Purcell & Phyll Smith
The Last English Revolutionary: Tom Wintringham, 1898-1949
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2012)
ISBN 978-1-84519-448-2

Synopsis

“Spain woke me up politically. I rediscovered democracy, the power that can come from people working together when a popular front is not just a manoeuvre but a reality.” Drawing on his political and fighting experience in the Spanish Civil War, Tom Wintringham wrote the best-seller New Ways of War – a do-it-yourself guide to killing people – but also a highly subversive call for a socialist revolution. He called for ‘a Peoples war’ and the phrase stuck. Recalling the English Civil war he likened the Home Guard he trained in guerrilla warfare to the New Model Army and later he helped found Common Wealth, a political party more radical in some ways than Labour. His finest hour was 1940 when he inspired his countrymen to resist invasion.

After gaining exclusive access to the Wintringham archive, now in the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, historian Hugh Purcell published a biography of this uniquely English revolutionary (Sutton Publishing, 2004). Working with Phyll Smith, librarian in Wintringham’s home town of Grimsby, they have since discovered a wealth of historical firsts, including the actual leaflet Wintringham wrote that led the prosecution case in the infamous treason trial of the Communist Party leadership in 1925 and additional evidence that in the summer of 1936 Wintringham was already propagating the idea of an ‘international legion’ to fight for Republican Spain. Churchill coined his own expletive as in ‘I refuse to be Wintringhamed'; Hemingway wrote his only play, Fifth Column, based on Wintringham and his lover, a supposed ‘Trotskyite spy’; and photographs show Orwell and Wintringham together in 1940 training for guerrilla warfare to resist a Nazi invasion – such was the dramatic imprint on history of this seminal figure.

For more information: 

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/purcell.htm 

Barker2012

Richard Barker
Skeletons in the Closet, Skeletons in the Ground: Repression, Victimization and Humiliation in a Small Andalusian Town. The Human Consequences of the Spanish Civil War
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2012)
ISBN 978-1-84519-536-6

Synopsis

This book examines the human consequences (individual, social, cultural, and economic) of civil war and political repression in Castilleja del Campo, a town in southern Spain with barely more than 600 inhabitants today. The narrow geographical focus allows for a coherent chronological narrative with relevance to current public issues such as the unequal distribution of wealth, political polarization, the violation of human rights, government surveillance of civilian populations and extra-legal detentions, torture and executions.

The declarations of eyewitnesses are complemented by personal documents, contemporary newspaper accounts, and documents from the town’s municipal archive and other archives in the province of Seville. The work presents the events from the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic in April 1931 onward from multiple points of view and analyzes the interactions among a gallery of characters: Republican and pro Franco mayors and councilmen; union leaders and affiliates; members of the fascist inspired Spanish Falange; the schoolteacher; the priest; widows and orphans of the men who were shot; administrators and managers of the estates of the nobles; shaved women paraded through the streets; combatants; day laborers; civil guards; black marketeers; prisoners. Placing these characters and events in their provincial, regional, and national context, the town becomes a microcosm that reflects the experience of Spain during those traumatic years. 

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/barker.htm 

Palfreeman2012

Linda Palfreeman
¡Salud! British Volunteers in the Republican Medical Service during the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2012)
ISBN 978-1-84519-501-4

Synopsis

¡Salud! reviews the enormously valuable contribution of the volunteers who left Britain to serve with the Republican Medical Services during the Spanish Civil War. Acknowledgement is also given to the immense effort and self-sacrifice made by men and women from all walks of life who, working ceaselessly at home, made it possible for the medical teams to function in Spain. In Britain, in spite of the government’s official policy of non-intervention, there was a campaign of fervent support for the legitimate Republican government.

The first British Medical Unit in Spain had immense political significance for the Spanish Republic. Barely a month into the start of the civil war and this small group was the first visible sign of international support. It would later become part of the Republican Medical Service and, within that, of the Medical Service of the International Brigades.

Not only did volunteers help to create and to maintain an emergency medical service, some of the individuals involved were also responsible for important developments that were of relevance to later military-medical practice and also to the history of medicine in general.

For more information:  

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/Palfreeman.htm 

Jackson2012

Angela Jackson
'For us it was Heaven'. The Passion, Grief and Fortitude of Patience Darton: From the Spanish Civil War to Mao's China
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2012)
ISBN 978-1-84519-514-4

Synopsis

“This is a biography of many facets offering a wealth of insight and textual content of particular relevance in the context of gender studies. It tells us much of the status of nurses in Britain in the 1930s. It is also an important contribution to the history of the International Brigades and the Republican medical services in the Spanish civil war and adds nuance to our knowledge of foreigners in China in a turbulent period of its history. The story of Patience will surely appeal to many general readers as well as to specialists in those fields.”—Paul Preston

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/JacksonHeaven.htm 

Bel2012

Germà Bel
Infrastructure and the Political Economy of Nation Building in Spain, 1970-2010
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2012)
ISBN 978-1-84519-507-6

Synopsis

This book sets out to explain the very particular characteristics of Spanish infrastructure policy. The capital city of Madrid plays a central role. It not only achieved the status of economic capital of Spain in recent decades but together with its status as administrative and political capital Madrid endowed itself as absolute capital. The challenge is to understand why such development has taken place.

First, radial policies in transport infrastructure, which were primarily subordinate to political and administrative objectives, could not be supported by the dynamics of economic activity. For that reason these policies demanded the use of extensive budgetary resources in the form of subsidies and grants that made possible what legislation alone could not achieve. Second, these policies respond to a regular and continuing historical pattern in Spanish politics, which began with the accession to the Spanish Crown of the Bourbon dynasty in the early eighteenth century. The new dynasty tried hard to translate into practice the vision of building a 'Nation like France, with a Capital like Paris'Third, the enduring strength of this historical pattern allows us to understand why infrastructural policies in Spain today are so unique and different from those of surrounding and comparable countries.

Originally published to great acclaim in Spanish and Catalan, Prof. Bel places the historical perspective in contemporary viewpoint in discussing the Spanish enthusiasm for high-speed railway, with the prospect of Madrid being connected with all provincial capitals, albeit while freight by train has been neglected; a fully centralized model of airport management that is unmatched among comparable countries; and a mixed (toll and toll-free motorways) and highly asymmetric territorial highway funding model for motorways.

For more information:

http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/history/bel.htm