The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies is part of the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science and is the focus of a flourishing interest in contemporary Spain in Britain.
The Centre organizes different events and promotes an exciting range of publications, in the form of a series of books as well as articles in peer-reviewed journals on the history, politics, society and economy of Spain. Distinguished scholars who come as Visiting Fellows are offered the facilities of the Cañada Blanch Centre and LSE libraries, as well as archival resources.
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Please note that since May 2013 the Cañada Blanch Centre has been located in Tower 2, Clement's Inn. Location and directions on how to find us.
On 14 of June 2016, Professor Paul Preston was granted an Honorary Degree
in a magnificent ceremony at the Universitat de Barcelona (Spain). This is the
fifth honour of this kind that Paul Preston has received in the last year. In his
speech, the Rector of the University declared that Preston “has helped us
confront our history”, and Professor Joan Villarroya, representing the Department
of History which had proposed the doctorate, said that “in his work, Preston
embraces the totality of the most relevant and debated topics of the Spanish
history of the 20th century”. He also emphasised Preston’s critical thinking and
fight for freedom.
On 20 April 2016, the Cañada Blanch Foundation of Valencia received the
Lifetime Achievement Award in Education from the British-Spanish Society
on the occasion of the centenary of the Society. The award was presented
during the royal gala that took place at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
Queen Sofía of Spain presided over the ceremony together with Prince
Andrew, Duke of York, both of whom drew attention to the importance of
cultural relations between the UK and Spain. In the photo, from left to right:
Juan López-Trigo (President of the FCB), Professor Paul Preston, Juan
Miguel Dols (grand-nephew of Vicente Cañada Blanch), and Prince Andrew.
Latest publication: Paul Preston, The Last Days of the Spanish Republic
(London: William Collins, 2016), 400 pp. (ISBN: 978-0-00-816340-2)
On 8 March 2016 the acclaimed Spanish novelist and columnist Javier Marías
discussed his latest novel, Thus Bad Begins, with Prof. Paul Preston. Event
page and podcast.
The celebrated Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza attended the LSE Literary
Festival on 24 February 2016 on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the
Spanish Civil War. Together with Prof. Paul Preston and Prof. Helen Graham,
he discussed the challenges of incorporating historical events into fiction.
Event page and podcast.
On the 3rd of February, Professor Paul Preston was awarded the Premi Ciutat
de Barcelona 2016 by the Barcelona City Council (Spain) for "his important
international profile as a historian of Spain, especially the Second Republic,
the Civil War and its aftermath, and the Transition to democracy, periods of
great significance for the city of Barcelona" (see article). The ceremony will be
held at 19 h. on the 15th of February in the Saló de Cent of the Ajuntament de
Barcelona and broadcasted live by BTV.
CB publication: Jorge Marco, Guerrilleros and Neighbours in Arms:
Identities and Cultures of Anti-fascist Resistance in Spain (Brighton:
Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2016), 224 pp.
CB publication: 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), 272 pp.
Professor Paul Preston was granted an Honorary Doctorate by the University
of Valencia (Spain) on 26 October 2015. “… A passionate personality, engaged
with the values of democratic society… His ability to educate new generations
of outstanding hispanists… Under his direction the centre [CBC] has become a
formidable meeting point between two societies and two cultures, the British
and the Spanish…The broad projection of his work among the general public…
An international reference for contemporary historiography…”
Professor Paul Preston received an Honorary Doctorate from the University
of Extremadura (Cáceres, Spain) on 28 September 2015. “Master of historians…
The best living British historian of Spain… He has offered keys of interpretation
for our contemporary history in the framework of Universal History”. Prof. Preston
is a member of the European Academy of Yuste, also in Cáceres, where he
holds the seat “Marcel Proust”.
On 20 July 2015, the University of Liverpool, his home town, granted Professor
Preston an Honorary Degree along with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the
President of the Republic of Ireland. Here with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor
Professor Paul Preston received an Honorary Doctorate from the Universitat
Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Spain), 15 May 2015. “He is a reference-point for
scientific rigour and critical spirit… The transmission of his knowledge both
to students and new academic generations and the general public through
his books… His rigorous analysis was fundamental for our knowledge of
ourselves, to learn our past, understand our present and project our future…”.
Miguel Dols Piquer, long-serving Vice-President of the Fundación Cañada
Blanch of Valencia (Spain) who played a key role in establishing the CBC
at the LSE, receives the foundation's highest distinction ('Alta Distinción').
The ceremony was held in Valencia on 18 May 2015.
Ceremony held on 20 April 2015 in Barcelona's historic Saló de Cent of the
City Council, officially announcing Professor Paul Preston's decision to donate
his library and archive to the Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Poblet (Tarragona,
Spain, 1149, UNESCO World Heritage site).
LSE video on Professor Paul Preston's lifelong research into the causes,
course and legacy of the Spanish Civil War.
Prof. Paul Preston and the internationally awarded Spanish writer Javier
Cercas in the London Review bookshop, 23 May 2014.
On 14 November 2013, H.E. Alberto Aza Arias gave a lecture at the LSE. Here
with some other distinguished guests (from left to right): Paul Preston, John
Woodger, Denise Holt, Josep Suárez, José Manuel Romero, Juan Viña, Juan
López-Trigo, Alberto Aza (with red tie), Adam Austerfield, Miguel Dols, Ana de
Miguel, Michael Portillo, Antony Jones, David Brighty, Julio Crespo and Juan
Annual meeting of the CBC Management Council, 27 June 2013. From left
to right: Jimmy Burns-Marañón, Miguel Dols, David Brighty, Ana de Miguel,
Helen Graham, Paul Preston and Michael Portillo.
Session in honour of Ángel Viñas, Brussels, 22 June 2013. Right
to left: Joaquín Almunia (European Commissioner), Paul Preston
and Ángel Viñas.
Prof. Paul Preston during the LSE lecture Franco's Terror in a European Context,
14 March 2013.
Prof. Preston welcomes Nobel Prize and Finnish ex-President Martti
Ahtissari in his visit to the LSE. Here together with LSE Director Craig
Calhoun. 26 Nov 2012.