The Spanish Civil War Studies group is for anyone interested in the history and culture surrounding the conflict, to share and discuss resources, announce events, or plan collaborations related to the study of the Spanish Civil War / Guerra Civil Española (1936-1939).
About the profile image: Plan of the bomb falls around the Calgografia Nacional, Madrid during the Spanish Civil War; issued with the seventh edition of Goya’s ‘Los Desastres de la Guerra’, 1937 Photogravure(?) CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, Trustees of the British Museum.
About the cover image: Goya, Plate 26 from ‘The Disasters of War’ (Los Desastres de la Guerra): ‘One can’t look.’ (No se puede mirar.) http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/361851
Amazing! Didn’t hear about it. On the El País article, the photo of a doctor treating a man: I’m pretty sure that’s Dr. Reginald Saxton, who developed a mobile infrastructure for blood transfusion in the SCW. We have his papers in the Marx Memorial Library, including a diary he kept–more like a block for note taking, with many illegible bits but…[Read more]
Hello! I’m Mariana, based in London, and since last October I’ve been working at the Marx Memorial Library, cataloguing the Spanish Collection: a major archive that includes the whole archive from the International Brigade Association/International Brigade Memorial Trust. I’ve been dealing mostly with the collection of 500+ pamphlets: aprox. half…[Read more]
Hello Anne, I’ve just joined the group so the reply comes very late. I have read The Winterlings and loved it. It’s really my type of fiction. Have you read it in the end?
That said, I wonder why the author decided to suggest that Spanish/Basque children may have suffered or been exploited in their time as refugees in the UK? In the Marx Memorial…[Read more]
Also here in the UK, the University of Warwick has an archive on the Spanish Civil War from papers of the Trades Union Congress. They are all digitised which is quite amazing. My favourite items are in Spanish Situation: Pamphlets, leaflets etc.
Attached is cover of pamphlet by the Labour Party, one that we also hold at the MML. I find it…[Read more]
I’m working at the Marx Memorial Library in London. The library is home to the Spanish Collection, which is an archive of more than 7000 items, initially gathered by British International Brigaders and their families. We have just completed cataloguing the collection thanks to a grant from the National Archives (link below). Only very few items…[Read more]
I’m interested to hear what people have been reading lately. Today I’m reading Bécquer Seguín’s Spanish Civil Wars in Public Books:
To see Iberia instead of Spain, then, is to take the long view of history. To write an Iberian Civil War novel is to spend less time on the exceptionalness of the war itself than on how that moment places the lo…
Hi Anne- I’m still gathering information and reading about Kea. Nothing in the works yet. I look forward to seeing the anthology on Black Women’s Internationalism! sounds great.
I recently listened to the International Communism and the Spanish Civil War episode of @sguillory‘s Sean’s Russia Blog Podcast, featuring @lkirschenb! It was excellent–I highly recommend it: http://seansrussiablog.org/2017/07/07/international-communism-and-the-spanish-civil-war/
Oh, that’s so great to hear! Are you writing about Kea? I’m finalizing a chapter for an anthology on Black Women’s Internationalism about black women’s life writing and the Spanish Civil War that discusses the ambulance fundraising tour around the south & midwest of the US that Kea & Thyra Edwards undertook in 1938 (and Edwards’s scrapbook…[Read more]
Anne- I have your article from the Mass. Review on Cunard in my file on Salaria Kea- I’ll definitely look for your book. African American women in the SPW is such a rich and understudied area. So glad to make this connection with you!
So glad that you all are here! My own work has circled around African Americans and the Spanish Civil War. I edited a chapbook of correspondence and poems: Langston Hughes, Nancy Cunard & Louise Thompson: Poetry, Politics & Friendship in the Spanish Civil War. I’ve also written about Cunard’s SCW scrapbook, and have some writing in the works a…[Read more]
Gerda Taro’s photographs of the SPW at the International Center for Photography.
Also, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade archives at NYU are fantastic for US participation in the war.
Hello all! My interests are women in photography, literature and film dealing with the SPW from historical as well as contemporary perspectives.
We are very much looking forward to Lisa Kirschenbaum’s visit to Syracuse U. this fall! Great to see you in this group. And thanks for starting up this conversation, Anne.
A couple of open data sets relating to Francoist represion:
Graves of victims of Francoism:
http://vidascontadas.org/ with data at: https://github.com/VidasContadas/datasets
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Although I’m doing a PhD at Sussex University on debtors’ sanctuaries in c18th London, I have a strong interest in Spain & Spanish history, which I’d like to develop more seriously.
Especially interested in digitial history, and using computational techniques on historical data.
The Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI) has digitized much of the Comintern’s materials on the International Brigades (fond 545). The site is most easily navigated if you can read Russian, but there is some English translation, and the archives are in many languages.
Thanks, Anne, for putting this group together. My book International Communism and the Spanish Civil War was published by Cambridge in 2015. It explores the personal and political lives of international communists, centering on the SCW as a key moment in the history of communism and communist life histories.
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