Preston, Paul

Professor Paul Preston  


Position held

Chairman, Academic Management Committee


Prin. de Ast. Prof Cont Spanish Studies


Experience keywords:

Anglo-Spanish economic relations; Anglo-Spanish political relations; Anglo-Spanish relations; European fascism; European left; Gibraltar; Spain; Spanish army; Spanish history; contemporary Spanish politics; defence policy; procurement

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Professor Preston has been engaged for several years on a huge project on violence in Spain from 1931 to 1943. It involves investigation into both zones during the Spanish Civil War and the repressive policies of the first years of the Franco dictatorship. It will be published in the UK by HarperCollins and in the USA by Norton. The subject ties into the heated polemics in Spain over the Law of Historical Memory.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Britain; Europe; Gibraltar


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

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7107



Preston, Paul (2018) Britain and the Basque Campaign of 1937: The Government, the Royal Navy, the Labour Party and the Press. European History Quarterly, 48 (3). 490-515. ISSN 0265-6914


Preston, Paul (2017) A professional historian in private practice: Hugh Thomas (1931-2017), the Spanish Civil War and beyond Bulletin of Spanish Studies. ISSN 1475-3820

Preston, Paul (2017) Raymond Carr (1919–2015) Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 94 (3). 527-533. ISSN 1475-3820

Preston, Paul (2017) Lights and shadows in George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia Bulletin of Spanish Studies. ISSN 1475-3820


Preston, Paul (2016) The last days of the Spanish Republic HarperCollins, London, UK. ISBN 9780008163402


Preston, Paul (2015) Great statesman or unscrupulous opportunist? Anglo-Saxon interpretations of Lluís Companys Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 92 (8-10). 493-509. ISSN 1475-3820


Preston, Paul (2014) The psychopathology of an assassin: General Gonzalo Queipo de Llano In: Anderson, Peter and Ángel del Arco Blanco, Miguel, (eds.) Mass killings and violence in Spain, 1936-1952: grappling with the past. Routledge, New York, 23-58. ISBN 9781135114855

Preston, Paul (2014) The last Stalinist: the life of Santiago Carrillo William Collins, London, UK. ISBN 9780007558407


Preston, Paul (2013) El zorro rojo: la vida de Santiago Carrillo Debate, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788490324226


Preston, Paul (2012) The Spanish holocaust: inquisition and extermination in twentieth-century Spain Harper Collins, London, UK. ISBN 9780002556347

Preston, Paul (2012) The destruction of Guernica HarperPress. ISBN 9780007491391

Preston, Paul (2012) The Spanish holocaust: inquisition and extermination during the civil war and after W.W. Norton & Co.. ISBN 9780393064766

Preston, Paul (2012) A Catalan contribution to the myth of the contubernio Judeo-Masónico-Bolchevique In: Quiroga, Alejandro and del Arco, Miguel Ángel, (eds.) Right-Wing Spain in the Civil War Era: Soldiers of God and Apostles of the Fatherland, 1914-45. Continuum International Publishing Group, London, UK, 177-194. ISBN 9781441181763


Preston, Paul (2011) A Catalan contribution to the myth of the contubernio Judeo-Masónico-Bolchevique Modern Italy, 16 (4). 461-472. ISSN 1353-2944


Preston, Paul (2010) The crimes of Franco In: Jump, Jim, (ed.) Looking Back at the Spanish Civil War. Lawrence & Wishart Ltd, London, UK, 177-197. ISBN 9781907103117

Preston, Paul (2010) No Soldier: the courage and comradeship of Dr Len Crome In: Jump, Jim, (ed.) Looking Back at the Spanish Civil War. Lawrence & Wishart Ltd, London, UK, 31-44. ISBN 9781907103117

Preston, Paul (2010) Juan Tusquets: una contribución catalana al mito del contubernio judeo-masónico-bolchevique In: del Arco Blanco, Miguel Angel and Quiroga Fernandez de Soto, Alejandro, (eds.) Soldados De Dios y Apóstoles De la Patria. Editorial Comares, Granada, Spain, 358-371. ISBN 9788498366433

Preston, Paul (2010) Theorists of extermination In: Amago, Samuel and Jerez Ferran, Carlos, (eds.) Unearthing Franco’s Legacy: Mass Graves and the Recuperation of Historical Memory in Spain. Contemporary European Politics and Society. University of Notre Dame Press, Notre Dame, USA, 42-67. ISBN 9780268032685


Preston, Paul (2009) Proleg In: Langdon-Davies, John, (ed.) Darrere Les Barricades. Angle Editorial, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788492758234

Preston, Paul (2009) El impacto de 1968 en Espana Pasajes de Pensamiento Contemporáneo, 30. 109-115. ISSN 1575-2259

Preston, Paul (2009) We saw Spain die: foreign correspondents in the Spanish Civil War (revised and expanded edition) Constable and Robinson, London, UK. ISBN 9781845299460


Preston, Paul (2008) El gran manipulador: la mentira cotidiana de Franco Ediciones B, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788466638296

Preston, Paul (2008) Prologo In: Southworth, Herbert R., (ed.) El Mito De la Cruzada De Franco. Random House Mondadori, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788483465745

Preston, Paul (2008) Preface: Gibraltar: "a dagger in the spine of Spain " In: Stockey, Gareth, (ed.) Gibraltar: "a Dagger in the Spine of Spain". Sussex Academic Press, Eastbourn, UK. ISBN 9781845193010

Preston, Paul (2008) Franco: el gran manipulador Editorial Base, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788485031931


Preston, Paul (2007) Pombas de guerra: quatro mulheres na Guerra Civil de Espanha Campo da memoria. Campo das letras, Porto, Portugal. ISBN 9789896251130

Preston, Paul and Chapman, Nigel (2007) Introduction: behind the Spanish barricades In: Langdon-Davies, John, (ed.) Behind the Spanish Barricades. Reportage Press, London, UK. ISBN 9780955572944

Preston, Paul (2007) No simple purveyor of news: George Steer and Guernica History Today, 57 (5). 12-17. ISSN 0018-2753

Preston, Paul (2007) Censorship and commitment: foreign correspondents in the Spanish Civil War International Journal of Iberian Studies, 20 (3). 5-24. ISSN 1364-917X

Preston, Paul (2007) Idealistes sota les bales: històries de la Guerra Civil Proa, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788484379577

Preston, Paul (2007) Preface: the Spanish right and the Jews, 1898-1945: antisemitism and opportunism In: Rohr, Isabelle, (ed.) The Spanish Right and the Jews, 1898-1945: Antisemitism and Opportunism. Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, UK. ISBN 9781845191818

Preston, Paul (2007) Idealistas bajo las balas: corresponsales extranjeros en la Guerra de España Historias. Debate, Madrid, Spain. ISBN 9788483067222


Preston, Paul (2006) La Guerra Civil Española Historias. Debate, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788483066614

Preston, Paul (2006) The Spanish Civil War: reaction, revolution and revenge Harper Perennial, London, UK. ISBN 9780007232079

Preston, Paul (2006) Botxins i repressors: els crims de Franco i dels franquistes Editorial Base, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 9788485031597

Preston, Paul (2006) Two doctors and one cause: Len Crome and Reginald Saxton in the International Brigades International Journal of Iberian Studies, 19 (1). 5-24. ISSN 1364-971X


Preston, Paul (2005) Los esclavos, las alcantarillas y el capitán Aguilera: racismo, colonialismo y machismo en la mentalidad en el cuerpo de oficiales nacionales In: Munzo Soro, Javier and Luis Ledesma, Jose and Rodrigo, Javier, (eds.) Culturas y Políticas De la Violencia. España Siglo Xx. Siete Mares Editorial, Madrid, Spain. ISBN 8493301264

Preston, Paul (2005) La guerra civil: las fotos que hicieron historia La Esfera de los Libros, Madrid, Spain. ISBN 9788497344241


Preston, Paul (2004) Juan Carlos: a people's king HarperCollins, London. ISBN 9780002556323

Preston, Paul (2004) Obituary of Reginald Saxton Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077

Preston, Paul (2004) Juan Carlos: steering Spain from dictatorship to democracy W. W. Norton & Co, London. ISBN 9780393058048

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

Preston, Paul (2004) La venjança de Franco, el justicier Papers del Museu d'història de Catalunya, 10 (May). 6-13.

Preston, Paul (2004) The monarchy of Juan Carlos: from dictator's dreams to democratic realities In: Balfour, Sebastian, (ed.) The Politics of Contemporary Spain. Routledge, London, UK, 27-38. ISBN 9780415356770

Preston, Paul (2004) 'The answer lies in the sewers': Captain Aguilera and the mentality of the Francoist officer corps Science and Society, 68 (3). 277-312. ISSN 0036-8237

Preston, Paul and Alvarez, Asuncion and Cervera, Alfons and Chacon, Dulce and de la Cruz, Sabina and Espina, Manuel and Etxeberria, Francisco and Forjas, Teresa and Francos, Teo and Gavilan, Enrique and Gonzalez, Isabel and Jimenez, Ignacio Martin and Minguez Villar, Jose Carlos and Carlos M, Juan (2004) La memoria de los olvidados. Un debate sobre el silencio de la represión Franquista Ámbito Ediciones, Valladolid, Spain. ISBN 9788481831320


Preston, Paul (2003) Juan Carlos Plaza y Janés, Madrid, Spain. ISBN 9788401378249


Preston, Paul (2002) Franco Grijalbo, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 8425336791

Preston, Paul (2002) Doves of war: four women of Spain Harper Collins, London, UK. ISBN 9780002556330


Preston, Paul (2001) Obituary: Len Crome Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077

Preston, Paul (2001) An awareness of guilt Times Literary Supplement. ISSN 0307-661X

Preston, Paul (2001) Flying for Franco BBC History Magazine, 2 (7). 34-37. ISSN 1469-8552

Preston, Paul (2001) Spanish civil war History Today, 51 (11). 3-4. ISSN 0018-2753

Preston, Paul (2001) How Spain fought the bad fight Irish Times. 71-71. ISSN 0791-5144

Preston, Paul (2001) Palomas de guerra: cinco mujeres marcadas por el enfrentamiento bélico Plaza y Janes, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 8497591593

Preston, Paul (2001) El triunfo de la democracia en España Random House Mondadori, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 8425336007

Preston, Paul (2001) La destrucción de la democracia en España: reforma, reacción y revolución en la segunda República 3rd, Grijalbo Mondadori, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 842533599X


Preston, Paul (2000) La guerra civile spagnola 1936-1939 Mondadori, Milan, Italy. ISBN 8804473320

Preston, Paul (2000) Preface: consensus politics in Spain In: Threlfall, Monica, (ed.) Consensus Politics in Spain. Insider Perspectives. Intellect, Bristol, UK. ISBN 9781841500348

Preston, Paul (2000) Gigolo who tried to turn the tide of war Times Higher Education Supplement. ISSN 0049-3929


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

Preston, Paul (1999) Franco's foreign policy 1939-1953 In: Leitz, Christian and Dunthorn, David J., (eds.) Spain in an International Context, 1936-1959. Berghahn Books, Oxford, 1-18. ISBN 9781571819567

Preston, Paul (1999) La historiografía de la Guerra Civil española: de Franco a la democracia In: Granja Sainz, José Luis de la and Reig Taper, Alberto and Miralles, Ricardo, (eds.) Tuñon De lara y la Historiografía Española. Siglo XXI de España Editores, Madrid, 161-174. ISBN 9788432310034

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 (1st). Routledge, London, 13-31. ISBN 9780415180788

Preston, Paul (1999) Comrades: portraits from the Spanish Civil War HarperCollins, London, UK. ISBN 9780002556354


Preston, Paul and Saz, Ismael, eds (1998) Dynamism and conflict: Valencia 1808-1975 University of Glasgow/Carfax Publishing, Glasgow, UK. ISBN 0902879073


Preston, Paul (1996) The victor and the vanquished: Franco and Azana International Journal of Iberian Studies, 9 (2). ISSN 1364-971X

Preston, Paul (1996) A pacifist in war: the tragedy of Julian Besteiro Journal of Iberian and Latin-American Studies, 2 (2). 179-208. ISSN 1470-1847

Preston, Paul and Mackenzie, Ann, eds (1996) The Republic besieged: civil war in Spain 1936-1939 Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9780748608614

Preston, Paul (1996) A concise history of the Spanish Civil War Fontana Press, London, UK. ISBN 9780006863731


Preston, Paul (1995) Franco: a biography Fontana Press, London, UK. ISBN 9780006862109


Preston, Paul (1994) The coming of the Spanish Civil War: reform reaction and revolution in the Second Spanish Republic 1931-1936 2nd, Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415063555

Preston, Paul (1994) General Franco as a military leader Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 4. 21-41. ISSN 0080-4401


Preston, Paul (1992) Franco and Hitler: the myths of Hendaye 1940 Contemporary European History, 1 (1). 1-16. ISSN 0960-7773


Preston, Paul (1991) Recent Spanish labour history Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 68 (4). 507-511. ISSN 1475-3820


Preston, Paul (1990) Persecuted and persecutors: modern Spanish Catholicism European History Quarterly, 20 (2). 285-292. ISSN 0265-6914

Preston, Paul (1990) The politics of revenge: fascism and the military in 20th century Spain Unwin Hyman, London, UK. ISBN 9780044454632

Preston, Paul and Lannon, Frances, eds (1990) Elites and power in twentieth-century Spain: essays in honour of Sir Raymond Carr Clarendon Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198228806

Preston, Paul (1990) Francisco Largo Caballero In: Kern, Robert W. and Dodge, Meredith D., (eds.) Historical Dictionary of Modern Spain. Greenwood Press, Westport, USA. ISBN 9780313259715


Preston, Paul (1988) General Franco reassessed: inertia and risk. World War and Cold War, 1939-1953 International Journal of Iberian Studies, 1 (1). ISSN 1364-971X

Preston, Paul (1988) The decline and resurgence of the Spanish Socialist Party during the Franco regime European History Quarterly, 11 (2). 207-224. ISSN 0265-6914


Preston, Paul and Graham, Helen, eds (1987) The popular front in Europe Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9780333406601


Preston, Paul (1986) The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 Weidenfeld & Nicoloson, London, UK. ISBN 9780297788911

Preston, Paul (1986) The triumph of democracy in Spain Methuen, London, UK and New York, USA. ISBN 9780416363500

Preston, Paul (1986) Julian Besteiro In: Gorman, Robert A., (ed.) Biographical Dictionary of Marxism. Greenwood Press, Westport, USA. ISBN 9780313248511

Preston, Paul (1986) Luis Araquistain In: Gorman, Robert A., (ed.) Biographical Dictionary of Marxism. Greenwood Press, Westport, USA. ISBN 9780313248511


Preston, Paul, ed (1984) Revolution and war in Spain Methuen & Co. Ltd, London, UK. ISBN 9780416349603

Preston, Paul and Smyth, Denis (1984) Spain, the EEC and NATO Chatham House papers (22). Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, UK. ISBN 9780710095596


Preston, Paul (1982) Santiago Carrillo In: Cortada, James W., (ed.) Historical Dictionary of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. Greenwood Press, Westport, USA.

Preston, Paul (1982) Accion Espanola In: Cortada, James W., (ed.) Historical Dictionary of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. Greenwood Press, Westport, USA. ISBN 9780313220548


Preston, Paul (1979) The stability of democratic Spain Contemporary Review, 234 (1). 89-114. ISSN 0010-7565

Preston, Paul (1979) The Spanish Constitutional Referendum of 6 December 1978 West European Politics, 2 (2). 246-249. ISSN 0140-2382

Preston, Paul (1979) The struggle against fascism in Spain: Leviatan and the contradictions of the Socialist left, 1934-6 European Studies Review, 9 (1). 81-103. ISSN 0014-3111


Preston, Paul (1977) The origins of the socialist schism in Spain 1917-1931 Journal of Contemporary History, 12 (1). 101-132. ISSN 0022-0094


Preston, Paul, ed (1976) Spain in crisis: the evolution and decline of the Franco regime Harvester Press, Hassocks, UK. ISBN 9780855272593

Preston, Paul (1976) The dilemma of credibility: the Spanish Communist Party, the Franco regime and after Government and Opposition, 11 (1). 65-84. ISSN 0017-257X


Preston, Paul (1975) Spain's October Revolution and the rightist grasp for power Journal of Contemporary History, 10 (4). 555-578. ISSN 0022-0094


Preston, Paul (1973) The "moderate" right and the undermining of the Second Republic in Spain 1931-1933 European Studies Review, 3 (4). 369-394. ISSN 0014-3111


Preston, Paul (1972) Spain in crisis: the assassination of Carrero Blanco and its aftermath Iberian Studies, 3 (1). ISSN 0307-3262

Preston, Paul (1972) Alfonsist monarchism and the coming of the Spanish Civil War Journal of Contemporary History, 7 (3). 89-114. ISSN 0022-0094

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1986, Awarded 'Encomienda de la Orden de Mérito Civil' by King Juan Carlos for services to Spain; 1994, 'Franco: A Biography' was named 'Yorkshire Post Book of the Year'; 1994, Elected to a Fellowship of the British Academy; 2000, Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List; 2005, Awarded the Premi Internacional Ramon Llull of the Catalan government in recognition of his work on Spanish and Catalan history; 2006, Professor Preston was inaugurated into the Academia Europea de Yuste, where he was given the Marcel Proust Chair; 2007, Professor Preston was made 'Caballero Gran Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica', Spain’s highest civilian honour; 2008, Appointed corresponding member of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (the Catalan Social Science and Humanities Academy).

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