Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Conflict and Community in Rural Spain

Author:   Ruth Sanz Sabido
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield International
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Pages:   210
Publication Date:   09 February 2018
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Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Conflict and Community in Rural Spain


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The Spanish Civil War left a legacy of destruction, resentment and deep ideological divisions in a country that was attempting to recover from economic stagnation and social inequality. After Franco's victory, the repression and purge that ensued immersed Spain in a spiral of fear and silence which continued long after the dictator's death, through `the pact of oblivion' that was observed during the transition to democracy. Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Conflict and Community in Rural Spain attempts to break this silence by recovering the local memories of survivors of the Civil War and the early years of Franco's dictatorship. Combining oral testimony gathered in one Andalusian village, with archival research, this ethnographic study approaches the expression of memory as an important site of socio-political struggle.

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Author:   Ruth Sanz Sabido
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield International
Imprint:   Rowman & Littlefield International
Dimensions:   Width: 15.10cm , Height: 1.60cm , Length: 23.00cm
Weight:   0.322kg
ISBN:  

9781783483693


ISBN 10:   1783483695
Pages:   210
Publication Date:   09 February 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements / List of Illustrations / List of Tables / Participants / 1. Introduction: Memory, Conflict and the Rural Context / 2. Memory, Politics and Lived Experience / 3. Critical Ethnography of Memory / 4. `There was no war here': Repression and the Civil War / 5. Class, Ideology and Local Community / 6. Rojas: Women and the Anti-Fascist Struggle / 7. Final Remarks: From Local Memories to Spain's Politics of Oblivion / References / Index

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In this reflective oral history enquiry into the popular memory of the civil war in Spain, Ruth Sanz Sabido offers us pertinent and fascinating insights into the now disappearing world of village Spain, where the war is still being fought over. But as her study reminds us, this war is not so much the one actually waged in the late 1930s, as the one made and embedded discursively afterwards by the victorious and long-lived Franco dictatorship, a regime whose cultural and social power has lasted into the present day. This theoretically literate but still highly accessible account opens up for us the granular texture of local life and language, while also providing the crucial broad explanatory context to the memory wars raging in Spain today.--Helen Graham, Professor of Spanish History at Royal Holloway, University of London Ruth Sanz Sabido's book makes a compelling case for treating Spain's collective dementia regarding its Civil War by contrasting the experiences of specific people and places with the myths created by the Franco regime and perpetuated by post-Franco governments. Her message comes none too soon. Time is running out for the generations that remember those experiences.--Richard Barker, Spanish Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point In its analysis of oral testimonies, Memories of the Spanish Civil War offers a superb combination of scientific rigour, empathy and sensitivity. By recuperating silenced voices from a community that is marked by the experience of Francoist violence, Ruth Sanz Sabido provides an essential insight into the complexity of individual and collective memory.--´┐Żngela Cenarro, Professor in the Department of Modern and Contemporary History, Universidad de Zaragoza


In this reflective oral history enquiry into the popular memory of the civil war in Spain, Ruth Sanz Sabido offers us pertinent and fascinating insights into the now disappearing world of village Spain, where the war is still being fought over. But as her study reminds us, this war is not so much the one actually waged in the late 1930s, as the one made and embedded discursively afterwards by the victorious and long-lived Franco dictatorship, a regime whose cultural and social power has lasted into the present day. This theoretically literate but still highly accessible account opens up for us the granular texture of local life and language, while also providing the crucial broad explanatory context to the memory wars raging in Spain today.--Helen Graham, Professor of Spanish History at Royal Holloway, University of London Ruth Sanz Sabido's book makes a compelling case for treating Spain's collective dementia regarding its Civil War by contrasting the experiences of specific people and places with the myths created by the Franco regime and perpetuated by post-Franco governments. Her message comes none too soon. Time is running out for the generations that remember those experiences.--Richard Barker, Spanish Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point In its analysis of oral testimonies, Memories of the Spanish Civil War offers a superb combination of scientific rigour, empathy and sensitivity. By recuperating silenced voices from a community that is marked by the experience of Francoist violence, Ruth Sanz Sabido provides an essential insight into the complexity of individual and collective memory.--Angela Cenarro, Professor in the Department of Modern and Contemporary History, Universidad de Zaragoza


In this reflective oral history enquiry into the popular memory of the civil war in Spain, Ruth Sanz Sabido offers us pertinent and fascinating insights into the now disappearing world of village Spain, where the war is still being fought over. But as her study reminds us, this war is not so much the one actually waged in the late 1930s, as the one made and embedded discursively afterwards by the victorious and long-lived Franco dictatorship, a regime whose cultural and social power has lasted into the present day. This theoretically literate but still highly accessible account opens up for us the granular texture of local life and language, while also providing the crucial broad explanatory context to the memory wars raging in Spain today.--Helen Graham, Professor of Spanish History at Royal Holloway, University of London Ruth Sanz Sabido's book makes a compelling case for treating Spain's collective dementia regarding its Civil War by contrasting the experiences of specific people and places with the myths created by the Franco regime and perpetuated by post-Franco governments. Her message comes none too soon. Time is running out for the generations that remember those experiences.--Richard Barker, Spanish Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point In its analysis of oral testimonies, Memories of the Spanish Civil War offers a superb combination of scientific rigour, empathy and sensitivity. By recuperating silenced voices from a community that is marked by the experience of Francoist violence, Ruth Sanz Sabido provides an essential insight into the complexity of individual and collective memory.--ngela Cenarro, Professor in the Department of Modern and Contemporary History, Universidad de Zaragoza


In this reflective oral history enquiry into the popular memory of the civil war in Spain, Ruth Sanz Sabido offers us pertinent and fascinating insights into the now disappearing world of village Spain, where the war is still being fought over. But as her study reminds us, this war is not so much the one actually waged in the late 1930s, as the one made and embedded discursively afterwards by the victorious and long-lived Franco dictatorship, a regime whose cultural and social power has lasted into the present day. This theoretically literate but still highly accessible account opens up for us the granular texture of local life and language, while also providing the crucial broad explanatory context to the memory wars raging in Spain today.--Helen Graham, Professor of Spanish History at Royal Holloway, University of London Ruth Sanz Sabido's book makes a compelling case for treating Spain's collective dementia regarding its Civil War by contrasting the experiences of specific people and places with the myths created by the Franco regime and perpetuated by post-Franco governments. Her message comes none too soon. Time is running out for the generations that remember those experiences.--Richard Barker, Spanish Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point In its analysis of oral testimonies, Memories of the Spanish Civil War offers a superb combination of scientific rigour, empathy and sensitivity. By recuperating silenced voices from a community that is marked by the experience of Francoist violence, Ruth Sanz Sabido provides an essential insight into the complexity of individual and collective memory.-- ngela Cenarro, Professor in the Department of Modern and Contemporary History, Universidad de Zaragoza


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Ruth Sanz Sabido is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

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