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.