Seventy one years have passed since the end of the Spanish Civil War – a war that was instrumental in shaping the country’s political, social and economic history in latter part of the 20th century and beyond.
As the most traumatic and significant event in Spain’s modern history, it remains a source of study and discussion to this day. Academics strive to understand its impact and to explain how its repercussions still permeate contemporary Spanish society. In this respect, the Instituto Cervantes in London has organized a round table (see below for details) on the different historical aspects of the Spanish Civil War. Participants include two leading historians of contemporary Spain: Professor Paul Preston and Julián Casanova.
Paul Preston is Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies at the London School of Economics. He is one of the most well-known British Hispanists and the author of outstanding works such as La Guerra Civil [The Spanish Civil War] and Franco: Caudillo de España [Franco: Leader of Spain].
Julián Casanova is Professor of Modern History at the University of Zaragoza and author of La Iglesia de Franco [Franco’s Church] and Historia de España en el siglo XX [Twentieth-Century Spanish History]. He is also a member of the expert group involved in the search for common graves and the identification of victims of the Franco regime.
Date and venue: 21 September 2010, 6.30 p.m. at the Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, London, SW1W 9AN (near Victoria Station).
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(Translated by Selma Seferovic)