The Academic Resizing of the War in Spain

David Jorge
2020 Contemporary European History  
Eighty years after both the end of the war in Spain and the beginning of a new war on European soil, we are facing a situation of both accelerated information and of reductionism in the stories about the past, often for very 'presentist' motivations. In such a context, it is even more difficult than usual to anticipate the place that the Spanish conflict will occupy in academic study and social debate in the next two decades, the period remaining until the conflict's 100-year anniversary. But
more » ... storians seeking to re-evaluate or 're-size' the Spanish war face two primary tasks: to place Spain back at the heart of our understanding of the interwar European crisis and to develop a robust interpretation of the war, one which can challenge presentist distortions of its history and help Spain build a healthier society around a fairly shared understanding of the past.
doi:10.1017/s0960777320000259 fatcat:jdtvf3l3hrde7jlqh7rp6fuioa