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Sussex Library of Study – Cañada Blanch Contemporary Spanish Studies

General Editor: Paul Preston, London School of Economics


In the 1960s, the most important initiative in the cultural and academic relations between Spain and the United Kingdom was launched by a Valencian fruit importer in London. The creation by Vicente Cañada Blanch of the Anglo-Spanish Cultural Foundation has subsequently benefited large numbers of Spanish and British scholars at various levels. Thanks to the generosity of Vicente Cañada Blanch, thousands of Spanish schoolchildren have been educated at the secondary school in West London that bears his name. At the same time, many British and Spanish university students have benefited from the exchange scholarships which fostered cultural and scientific exchanges between the two countries. Some of the most important historical, artistic and literary work on Spanish topics to be produced in Great Britain was initially made possible by Cañada Blanch scholarships.

Vicente Cañada Blanch was, by inclination, a conservative. When his Foundation was created, the Franco regime was still in the plenitude of its power. Nevertheless, the keynote of the Foundation’s activities was always a complete open-mindedness on political issues. This was reflected in the diversity of research projects supported by the Foundation, many of which, in Francoist Spain, would have been regarded as subversive. When the Dictator died, Don Vicente was in his seventy-fifth year. In the two decades following the death of the Dictator, although apparently indestructible, Don Vicente was obliged to husband his energies. Increasingly, the work of the Foundation was carried forward by Miguel Dols whose tireless and imaginative work in London was matched in Spain by that of José María Coll Comín. They were united in the Foundation’s spirit of open-minded commitment to fostering research of high quality in pursuit of better Anglo-Spanish cultural relations. Throughout the 1990s, thanks to them, the role of the Foundation grew considerably.

In 1994, in collaboration with the London School of Economics, the Foundation established the Príncipe de Asturias Chair of Contemporary Spanish History and the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies. It is the particular task of the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies to promote the understanding of twentieth-century Spain through research and teaching of contemporary Spanish history, politics, economy, sociology and culture. The Centre possesses a valuable library and archival centre for specialists in contemporary Spain. This work is carried on through the publications of the doctoral and post-doctoral researchers at the Centre itself and through the many seminars and lectures held at the London School of Economics. While the seminars are the province of the researchers, the lecture cycles have been the forum in which Spanish politicians have been able to address audiences in the United Kingdom.

Since 1998, the Cañada Blanch Centre has published a substantial number of books in collaboration with several different publishers on the subject of contemporary Spanish history and politics. A fruitful partnership with Sussex Academic Press began in 2004, the publishing results of which are listed below.


 

The Adoption of a Pro-US Foreign Policy by Spain and the United Kingdom
Nathan Jones

Aristocrats, Adventurers and Ambulances
Linda Palfreeman

Ashes and Granite
Olivia Muñoz-Rojas

The Blue Division
Xavier Moreno Juliá

Catalonia – An Emerging Economy
Ramon Tremosa-i-Balcells

Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War
Andrew Dowling

Catholicism, War and the Foundation of Francoism
Sid Lowe

Churchill and Spain
Richard Wigg

Conspiracy, Coup d'état and Civil War in Seville, 1936–1939
Rúben Serém

Constancia de la Mora in War and Exile
Soledad Fox

Democracy, Deeds and Dilemmas
Emily Mason

Democracy, Trade Unions and Political Violence in Spain
Richard Purkiss

Disdain, Distrust, and Dissolution
Germà Bel

The Faith and the Fury
Maria Thomas

‘For us it was Heaven’
Angela Jackson

France Divided
David Wingeate Pike

Friend or Foe?
Peter Anderson

The Genocidal Genealogy of Francoism
Antonio Miguez Macho

Gibraltar
Gareth Stockey

‘Goodbye, Spain?’
Kathryn Crameri

The Great Recession
Carles Manera

Guerrilleros and Neighbours in Arms
Jorge Marco

Infrastructure and the Political Economy of Nation Building in Spain, 1720–2010
Germà Bel

Jorge Semprún
Soledad Fox Maura

Josep Renau and the Politics of Culture in Republican Spain, 1931–1939
Carl-Henrik Bjerström

Juan Negrín
Gabriel Jackson

Las dos Españas
Nicholas Manganas

The Last English Revolutionary
By Hugh Purcell with Phyl Smith

Norman Bethune in Spain
David Lethbridge

‘Paracuellos’
Julius Ruiz

‘Petals and Bullets’
Mark Derby

Press, Politics and National Identity in Barcelona
Pol Dalmau

The Quest for Survival after Franco
Cristina Palomares

Raymond Carr
María Jesús González

Reconstructing Spain
Dacia Viejo-Rose

¡Salud!
Linda Palfreeman

Shoot the Messenger?
Francisco Espinosa Maestre

Skeletons in the Closet, Skeletons in the Ground
Richard Barker

SMART CITY Barcelona
Antoni Vives

Spain Bleeds
Linda Palfreeman

Spain’s Martyred Cities
Martin Minchom

The Spanish Right and the Jews, 1898–1945
Isabelle Rohr

A Spanish Woman in Love and War
Soledad Fox

Triumph at Midnight of the Century
Michael Eaude

JB — An Unlikely Spanish Don
Margaret Joan Anstee

The War and Its Shadow
Helen Graham

 

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