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LSE Professor in International History to give lecture at Swansea University on the Spanish Civil War

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War there will be a public lecture entitled “'The Spanish Holocaust: Hate and Extermination in the Spanish Civil War” presented by Professor Paul Preston CBE, Professor in International History, LSE on Tuesday 12 July 2011 at Swansea University.   If you missed this lecture, you can view it below.

Spanish Civil War  

Sponsored by the Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power and Empire, and supported by the Richard Burton Archives, the South Wales Miners’ Library and the Centre for the Comparative Studies of the Americas (CESCAM), the event will be held in the Wallace Lecture theatre followed by a wine reception in the Library where there will be an opportunity to view Swansea University’s own archival collection in relation to the Spanish Civil War.

The Richard Burton Archives and the South Wales Miners’ Library, Information Services and Systems at Swansea University house a number of archives that relate the history of the volunteers who went from Wales to fight for the Spanish Republic in the International Brigades. The archives include letters and memoirs of International Brigadiers, oral history interviews, video recordings, posters, pamphlets and photographs.

Prof Paul Preston CBE  

Professor Preston is the Príncipe de Asturias Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies and Director of the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies| at the European Institute at the London School of Economics.

Professor Preston was awarded a CBE in 2000, the 2005 Premi Internacional Ramon Llull, awarded jointly by the Institut de Estudis Catalans and the Institut Ramon Llull. On 20 June 2006, at a ceremony presided over by the King of Spain, Professor Preston was inaugurated into the Academia Europea de Yuste, where he was given the Marcel Proust Chair.  (The Academy has thirty members, including the Italian philosopher Umberto Eco, the Portuguese novelist José Saramago, the German Nobel prize-winning economist Reinhard Selten, the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, the French sociologist Alain Touraine and the English dramatist Peter Schaffer).   

In 2007, the Catalan version of his book We Saw Spain Die received the prestigious Premi Trias Fargas in Barcelona.  In the same year, he was made Caballero Gran Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica (Spain's highest civilian decoration) in recognition of his work on Spanish history.  In 2008, he was appointed a corresponding member of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (the Catalan Social Science and Humanities Academy). 

The lecture will be held in the Wallace Lecture Theatre, Singleton Campus, Swansea University on Tuesday 12 July, 2011 and will start promptly at 6pm. All are welcome and the lecture is free.   

Welsh Volunteers of the XV International Brigade before the Ebro offensive, 1938. (Photograph reprinted courtesy of the South Wales Coalfield Collection.)


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