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Franco's Terror in a European Context: LSE /Cañada Blanch Centre discussion

Speaker: Prof. Paul Preston
Respondents:Dr Daniel Beer, Prof. Helen Graham, Prof. Dan Stone
Chair: Prof. Stuart Corbridge

A discussion of the atrocities against civilians in the Spanish Civil War, the political consequences in Spain today and the parallels with Nazi and Soviet experiences.

The Spanish Civil war [masked]), one of the hardest-fought and bloodiest domestic conflicts in recent history, has also been famously described by historians as a "rehearsal" before the WWII due to the involvement (either official or informal) of several other countries on both sides. Its outcome settled the Spain's history for decades, keeping the country out of free Europe (the fate shared, although under opposite regimes, with the Soviet bloc) until the restoration of democracy in the late 1970s. The event should shed more light on the nature of the conflict and its wider implications.

Paul Preston is Director of the LSE’s Cañada Blanch Centre and author of numerous books on Spain of which the latest is The Spanish Holocaust.

Daniel Beer is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Royal Holloway and the author of Renovating Russia: the Human Sciences and the Fate of Liberal Modernity (Cornell, 2008).

Helen Graham is Professor of History at Royal Holloway. Her most recent book is The War and its Shadow. Spain’s Civil War in Europe’s Long Twentieth Century (2012). In 2010 she was Visiting Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilisation at the King Juan Carlos Centre, New York University.

Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His books include Histories of the Holocaust (OUP, 2010); The Oxford Handbook of Postwar European History (OUP, 2012) and The Holocaust, Fascism and Memory (Palgrave, 2013).

The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies is located within 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 event is free and open to all, with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. We will be meeting for a drink afterwards (about 8pm), details to follow later.

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  • Thierry

    I've attended the talk and thought it felt to deliver as well.
    I was more interested in the political consequences in Spain today but they just scratched the surface.
    For those who missed, I gathered that the reconciliation process between republicans and franquists has never been done properly, that some wounds have never been closed and that current government is preventing deep investigations into this period, selling off justice for peace.
    They mentioned that while in other countries in Europe fascists dictators were defeated, Franco won and stayed 40 years in power instilling a "common thought" that can still be felt today but I would have loved them to develop further.
    Thanks for organizing, shame I couldn't stay for drinks afterwards ..

    1 · March 15, 2013

    • Thierry

      Read "failed to" :)

      March 15, 2013

    • Marco

      Yes it would be interesting to study the social and political consequences of this non/reconciliation today. A similar phenomenon is present in Italy. The long shadow of the ideologies of the 20th still lasts. Confrontation between left and right in the form of fascism and communism, nations split into two . If Berlsuconi still tries and manages to get votes by saying the opposition are communists, although such a thing doesn't exist, that's the reason. This ideological confrontation left-right still exists underneath. In the UK this confrontation is much less ideological, also because, luckily you never had neither a fascist regime, nor a strong communist party. But this again it's because the political system and public opinion are less ideological and more pragmatic.

      March 15, 2013

  • Salim

    Very interesting, albeit I belong to the group who attended Dr Mahbubani's speech rather than the one on Franco. The discussions in the pub were also very interesting.

    March 15, 2013

  • Maja

    Great evening, went to a different talk wigh Ana and Selim because we couldn't get in the one on Franco, but that was great. Then met up with the rest of the group and continued the discussion in the pub which was also great. Liam thanks for hosting!

    March 15, 2013

    • Salim

      The other speech by Kishore Mahbubani was very interesting indeed! It challenged some of my preconceptions: Dr Mahbubani views on sovereignty is that it is an outdated concept, and I found this intriguing. Further discussions at the pub were very pleasant too

      March 15, 2013

  • Marco

    Look forward to more debates, at LSE there should be one about what we can take from the global financial crisis

    March 15, 2013

  • Marco

    I was at the Franco talk, but didn't recognize others of the European Meetup around. Glad you had fun afterward. I wasn't impressed with the talk though. It was more a presentation of one of the professors' new book and they didn't have time or space to give much information about Franco's regime. The main topics discussed were 1) if it can be called Holocaust 2) if we can talk about a volksgemeinschaft. Quite unlucky because, having studied politics myself, I was very interested in the topic and would have loved to know more.
    Which other talk did you go to?

    March 15, 2013

  • Juanjo

    Sorry guys, all seats taken by the time i arrived, weren't they?

    March 14, 2013

    • Juanjo

      I'll listen to the podcast on Sunday while ironing and then have the classical row on the topic with my dad over skype

      1 · March 15, 2013

  • Ana

    Great night!! Thanks Martin for organising, and sorry you missed it. Very interesting people, conversations and talks! I missed the Franco discussion at the LEC, but we had our own at the Pub! :)

    March 14, 2013

  • Hazel

    Sorry Guys. By the time I got there all the seats were taken.

    March 14, 2013

  • Daniele

    Sorry, can't make it

    March 14, 2013

  • Annie

    Mum unwell unfortunately. I'll catch up with audio too. Sorry for late change.

    March 14, 2013

  • Tiziana

    Liam, sorry for the late notice, I'm in the middle of a DIY disaster and waiting for the builder... apologies.

    March 14, 2013

  • Caroline

    Looking forward to tomorrow. Is there a plan for meeting up afterwards and how we will we recognise each other?

    March 13, 2013

    • Martin

      As always, a message with info and a phone number will be sent out later, so don't worry ;-)

      March 13, 2013

  • Thierry

    I'll have to leave before 8 unfortunately, hope it's fine

    March 9, 2013

    • Martin

      No problem ;-)

      March 11, 2013

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