Memory and Cultural History of the Spanish Civil War, by Aurora G. Morcillo, editor
Leiden / Boston: E.J. Brill, 2014. Pp. xviii, 472. Illus., maps, plans, notes, index. $240.00. ISBN: 9004259953.
The Evolving Narrative of the Spanish Civil War
Arguably of all the events of the twentieth century, none remains more contentious than the Spanish Civil War of 1935-1936, and
Prof. Morcillo (New Mexico) has collected some 15 essays by scholars from Spain, the U.S., Canada, and Ireland that address the question of how the narrative of the Spanish Civil War has evolved in the 80-some years since its end.
The essays are grouped
institutional approaches to remembrance, individual and collective memories of violence, repression, and hunger, autobiographical testimony
views of gender roles, and
Several essays are particularly interesting, notably one on
the curious Franco-era notion of a unique “Hispano-Arabic” culture
, as well as
those on the Valle de los Caidos and
the myth and reality of “La Pasionaria,” Dolores Ibárruri.
essays reflect modern views of the war and its aftermath,
“Nationalist vs. Republican” interpretations
that are still very common even in many recent works.
A volume in the Brill series “History of Warfare,”
Memory and Cultural History of the Spanish Civil War
necessary read for students of Spanish history,
is also likely to be of use to those interested in the evolution of historiography or of historical memory.
Memory and Cultural History of the Spanish Civil War is also available as an e-book
Reviewer: A.A. Nofi, Review Editor
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