Balfour, Sebastian


Professor Emeritus Sebastian Balfour  

Department

Position held

Department of Government

Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies

European Institute

Experience keywords:

colonial war in Morocco; history of 20th century Spain; the use of chemical weapons in colonial wars; identity, nationalism, regionalism, and the state in Spain; fascism; transition and consolidation of democracy in Spain; nationalism; Contemporary Spanish politics; Fidel Castro and Cuba

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Research interests and expertise cover 20th century Spanish history; contemporary Spanish politics, in particular the architecture of the Spanish state and regional government. The question of identity and nation is also an important focus, as well as the colonial war in Morocco between 1909 and 1927 and the use of chemical weapons in colonial wars in the interwar years of the 20th century. Another area of expertise is the political career of Fidel Castro, the Cuban Revolution and contemporary Cuban politics, including relations between Cuba and the United States.

Sebastian has been on the Scientific Committee of the Museu de Historia de Barcelona planning the new History Museum of Barcelona.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Cuba; Spain; Catalonia; Morocco; the Basque Country

Languages:

Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Italian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Catalan [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream pressRadioTV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7852 3774

Alt phone number:

+44 (0)208 960 8997

Publications

LSE Research Online, Funnelback Search

2014

Balfour, Sebastian (2014) Book review: Revueltas lógicas: el ciclo de movilización del 15M y la práctica de la democracia radical by Pablo La Parra-Pérez Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. 1-2. ISSN 1463-6204

Balfour, Sebastian (2014) With uncertainty over independence, Catalonia is set for its most significant National Day demonstration since Spain’s transition to democracy LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (28 Aug 2014) Blog entry

Balfour, Sebastian (2014) Mariano Rajoy may have forced Artur Mas’ hand over a Catalan independence consultation, but the issue remains far from settled LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (15 Oct 2014) Blog entry

2013

Balfour, Sebastian, ed (2013) Barcelona malgrat el franquisme. La SEAT, la ciutat i la represa sense democràcia Ediciones La Central, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788494081309

Balfour, Sebastian (2013) La modernització autoritària a Barcelona: arrels intel.lectuals i contradicció’ In: Balfour , Sebastian , (ed.) Barcelona Malgrat El Franquisme. la Seat, la Ciutat I la Represa Sense Democràcia. Ediciones La Central, Barcelona, Spain, 13-26. ISBN 9788494081309

2012

Balfour, Sebastian (2012) El Ejército Colonial y la Guerra Civil In: Morente, Francisco, (ed.) España En la Crisis Europea De Entreguerras. Catarata, Madrid, 326-333. ISBN 9788483196571

Balfour, Sebastian (2012) Guerras químicas coloniales entre 1919-1939 y el caso español In: Gómez Ochoa, Fidel and Macías Fernández, Daniel, (eds.) El Combatiente a Lo largo De la Historia: IMAginario, Percepción, Representación. Ediciones Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, 125-134. ISBN 9788481026429

Balfour, Sebastian (2012) Book review: Spain’s ‘second transition’: the socialist government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, edited by Bonnie N. Field LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (22 Apr 2012) Blog entry

2011

Balfour, Sebastian (2011) Franquisme i modernització: la Seat, emblema d’una contradicció L’avenç (369). 28-39. ISSN 0210-0150

Balfour, Sebastian (2011) La Semana Trágica: contexto geopolítico internacional In: Martín Corrales, Eloy, (ed.) Semana Trágica: Entre Las Barricadas De Barcelona y El Barranco Del Lobo. Edicions Bellaterra, Barcelona, 33-43. ISBN 9788472905283

Balfour, Sebastian (2011) Las izquierdas ante la cuestión nacional en la nueva democracia In: Moreno Luzón, Javier, (ed.) Izquierdas y Nacionalismos En la España Contemporánea. Editorial Pablo Iglesias, Madrid, 285-303. ISBN 978-84-95886-60-6

Balfour, Sebastian and Martín García, Oscar J. (2011) Movimientos sociales y transición a la democracia: el caso español In: Quirosa-Cheyrouze y Muñoz, Rafael, (ed.) la Sociedad Española En la Transición: Los Movimientos Sociales En El Proceso Democratizador. Biblioteca Nueva, Madrid, 43-62.

2010

Balfour, Sebastian (2010) The making of an interventionist army, 1898-1923 In: Romero Salvadó, Francisco J. and Smith, Angel, (eds.) The Agony of Spanish Liberalism: From Revolution to Dictatorship 1913-23. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 255-274. ISBN 9780230554245

2008

Balfour, Sebastian (2008) Castro Profiles in Power. 3rd, Pearson Longman, Harlow, UK. ISBN 9781405873185

Balfour, Sebastian (2008) Entre la espada y la pared El País (31 Mar 2008)

Balfour, Sebastian (2008) The governance of Spain: between rock and hard place Opendemocracy (2 Apr 2008) opinion

Balfour, Sebastian (2008) Nació i identitat a Espanya: algunes reflexions Segle Xx: Revista Catalana d'història, 2. 11-23. ISSN 1889-1152

Balfour, Sebastian (2008) The concept of historical revisionism: Spain since the 1930s International Journal of Iberian Studies, 21 (3). 179-186. ISSN 1364-971X

Balfour, Sebastian (2008) Colonial war and civil war: the Spanish Army of Africa In: Baumeister, Martin and Schüler-Springorum, Stefanie, (eds.) "if You Tolerate This . . . ": the Spanish Civil War in the Age of Total War. Campus Verlag, Frankfurt. ISBN 9783593386942

2007

Balfour, Sebastian and Quiroga, Alejandro (2007) España reinventada. Nación e identidad desde la transición Península, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788483077788

Balfour, Sebastian and Quiroga, Alejandro (2007) ¿Es España una nación? Claves de Razon Práctica, 173. 30-37. ISSN 1130-3689

Balfour, Sebastian and Quiroga, Alejandro (2007) The reinvention of Spain: nation and identity since democracy Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199206674

Balfour, Sebastian (2007) España, Marruecos y las grandes potencias, 1898-1914 In: Gómez-Ferrer, Guadalupe and Sánchez, Raquel, (eds.) Modernizar España: Proyectos De Reforma y Apertura Internacional (1898-1914). Biblioteca Nueva, Madrid, 143-151.

Balfour, Sebastian (2007) El Partido Popular a la búsqueda de un nuevo papel político In: Bernecker, Walter L. and Maihold, Günther, (eds.) España: Del Consenso a la Polarización. Iberoamericana / Vervuert, Madrid / Frankfurt am Main, 379-391.

Balfour, Sebastian (2007) Continuidades y discontinuidades en los discursos nacionalistas conservadores desde la transición In: Moreno Luzón, Javier, (ed.) Construir España: Nacionalismo Español y Procesos De Nacionalización,. Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales, Madrid, 300-316. ISBN 9788425913952

2005

Balfour, Sebastian (2005) The reinvention of Spanish conservatism: the Popular Party since 1989 In: Balfour, Sebastian, (ed.) The Politics of Contemporary Spain. Routledge, New York, USA, 146-168. ISBN 0415356784

2004

Balfour, Sebastian, ed (2004) The politics of contemporary Spain Routledge/Canada Blanch Studies on Contemporary Spain. Routledge. ISBN 9780415356770

Balfour, Sebastian and Preston, Paul, eds (2004) España y las grandes potencias en el siglo XX Critica, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788484322863

2002

Balfour, Sebastian (2002) Deadly embrace. Morocco and the road to the Spanish Civil War Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780199252961

Balfour, Sebastian (2002) Abrazo mortal. De la Guerra Colonial a La Guerra Civil. España y Marruecos (1909-1939) Ediciones Península, Spain. ISBN 848307446X

2001

Balfour, Sebastian (2001) Secret wars in forgotten Africa Journal of Romance Studies, 1 (3). 121-131. ISSN 1473-3536

2000

Balfour, Sebastian and La Porte, Pablo (2000) Spanish military cultures and the Moroccan wars, 1909-36 European History Quarterly, 30 (3). 307-332. ISSN 0265-6914

Balfour, Sebastian (2000) Spain from 1931 to the present In: Carr, Raymond, (ed.) Spain: a History. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 243-282. ISBN 978-0-19-280236-1

Balfour, Sebastian (2000) The Desarrollo years, 1955-1975 In: Alvarez-Junco, Jose and Shubert, Adrian, (eds.) A History of Spain Since 1808. Hodder Arnold, 277-288. ISBN 9780340662298

1999

Balfour, Sebastian and Preston, Paul, eds (1999) Spain and the great powers in the twentieth century Routledge/Canada Blanch studies in contemporary Spain. Routledge, New York, USA. ISBN 0415180775

Balfour, Sebastian (1999) The impact of the war within Spain: continuity or crisis? In: Smith, Angel and Davila-Cox, Emma, (eds.) The Crisis of 1898: Colonial Redistribution and Nationalist Mobilization. Macmillan Press Ltd, Basingstoke, UK, 180-194. ISBN 9780312216504

Balfour, Sebastian and Preston, Paul (1999) Spain and the great powers in the aftermath of the disaster of 1898 In: Balfour, Sebastian and Preston, Paul, (eds.) Spain and the Great Powers in the Twentieth Century. Routledge/Canada blanch studies on contemporary Spain, Vol. 1. Routledge, London, 13-31. ISBN 9780415180788


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The extensively revised third edition of my political biography of Castro is now available from Pearson.

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