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Joint Book Launch 'The Politics and Symbolism of Post-War Reconstruction in Franco's Spain'

Thursday 16 February 2012
The Politics and Symbolism of Post-War Reconstruction in Franco’s Spain
Joint Book Launch:
Ashes and Granite. Destruction and Reconstruction in the Spanish Civil War and its Aftermath (Olivia Muñoz-Rojas)
Reconstructing Spain. Cultural Heritage and Memory after Civil War (Dacia Viejo-Rose)
Speakers: Olivia Muñoz-Rojas (University of Westminster) and Dacia Viejo-Rose (University of Cambridge)
Chair: Prof. Paul Preston
Time: 18 h.
Place: LSE, Portugal Street, Cowdray House, 1st floor, Seminar Room 1.11
Information about the authors   

Book Reviews:

SMITH, E.R (2012) 'Book Review: Ashes and Granite: Destruction and Reconstruction in the Spanish Civil War and Its Aftermath', Michigan War Studies Review, 2012 (016):
Ashes and Granite documents a little-understood side of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath: what the war and the installation of Francoism meant to the making of cities. Through the presentation of hitherto-buried primary sources and excellent comparative visual documentation, the book is a genuine contribution to urban history."

SWEENEY, S. (2011) 'Book Review: Reconstructing Spain: cultural heritage and memory after civil war', International Journal of Heritage Studies, 17 (6), 629-631: 
Reconstructing Spain is an excellent book, strongly recommended to those with a general or scholarly interest or anyone wanting to know more about the role of heritage as a propaganda tool, and the risks in reconstructing heritage in postconflict situations. The book offers a fascinating insight into a less reported aspect of the Franco regime. It further enables a better understanding of the current debate about the recovery of lost memories a couple of generations after the end of the Civil War. Perhaps even more importantly, the book contains significant lessons in how the international community should respond to nation building and post-conflict reconciliation

Dacia and Olivia 
Dacia Viejo-Rose and Olivia Muñoz-Rojas

Olivia Muñoz 
Olivia Muñoz-Rojas (University of Westminster) answers questions from the public.

Public Audience 
Some of the guests, including Prof. Sebastian Balfour (LSE, Senior Fellow of the Observatory) -third from left-; Tony Grahame (Editor Sussex Academic Press) -fourth from left-; Nigel Glendinning (Hispanist) -fifth from left-.  

Dacia Viejo-Rose 
Dacia Viejo-Rose (University of Cambridge), during her presentation.

Prof. Preston
Prof. Paul Preston, Chair of the Catalan Observatory