Why was there Civil War in Spain: A comparative perspective

Type: 
Lecture
Audience: 
CEU Community Only
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Room: 
809
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 1:30pm
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Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

The Political Science Department and the History Department

cordially invite you to the public lecture

 Why was there Civil War in Spain: A comparative perspective

Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 13.30, room FT 809

Julián Casanova

University of Zaragoza 

Between 1910 and 1931 various Republics emerged in Europe, democratic regimes, or with democratic aspirations, that replaced hereditary monarchies that had been established for centuries there. Most of them, significantly those such as the German, Austrian and Czech republics, had been established as a result of their defeat in the First World War. The sequence had begun in Portugal, with the overthrow of the monarchy in 1910, and the Spanish Republic was the last to be proclaimed. The only example that survived as a democracy during those years until the outbreak of the Second World War was the Irish Republic, created in 1922. All the others were overthrown by counter-revolutionary military uprisings, authoritarian movements or Fascists. But the coup d’état of July 1936 was the only one that led to a civil war. And this difference needs to be explained.

 Julián Casanova, is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Zaragoza.  Professor Casanova has been Visiting Professor in several and prestigious Universities of England, USA and South America. He is member of the Editorial Committe of the journal Historia Social  and member of the Advisary Board of The International Journal of Iberian Studies (Bradford, England) and Cuadernos de Historia de España (Buenos Aires, Argentina). His publications include La historia social y los historiadores  (Barcelona: Crítica, 1991); De la calle al frente. El anarcosindicalismo en España, 1931-1939  (Barcelona: Crítica, 1997), translated into English as Anarchism, the Republic and Civil War in Spain: 1931-1939 (London and New York: Routledge, 2005); La Iglesia de Franco (Temas de Hoy)  (Madrid: 2001; Barcelona: Crítica, 2005); República y guerra civil (Barcelona: Crítica, 2007), English edition, The Spanish Republic and Civil War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010); with Carlos Gil, Historia de España en el siglo XX (Barcelona: Ariel, 2009; forthcoming at Cambridge University Press); and Europa contra Europa, 1914-1945 (Barcelona: Crítica, 2011). He is writing now A Short History of the Spanish Civil War for I.B. Tauris. Professor Casanova is also the editor of Morir, matar, sobrevivir. La violencia en la dictadura de Franco (Barcelona: Crítica, 2002); Tierra y Libertad. Cien años de anarquismo en España (Barcelona: Crítica, 2010); and co-author of El pasado oculto. Fascismo y violencia en Aragón, 1936-1939 (Madrid: Siglo XXI, 1992); and Victimas de la guerra civil (Madrid: Temas de Hoy, 1999).