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A Civil War of Words

The Cultural Impact of the Great War in Catalonia, Spain, Europe and a Glance at Latin America


Edited By Xavier Pla, Maximiliano Fuentes and Francesc Montero

The Great War did not only mark the history of the twentieth century: to a large extent, the conflict also affected culture and literature in Europe and the rest of the world. This collection of essays aims to provide the reader with a broad and transdisciplinary perspective on the cultural and political impact of the Great War. Using a comparative approach and focusing on Catalonia and Spain, this volume reflects the enormous variety of representations of the ‘theatre of war’ in both neutral and belligerent countries, causing a significant rejuvenation in fiction and journalistic genres in the subsequent decades.
This book features essays by some of the most important specialists in the First World War from Spain, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Latin America, who, in the centenary of the conflict, provide an innovative critical approach to this crucial event in contemporary history.
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JOSÉ ÁLVAREZ JUNCO is Emeritus Professor of the Department of History of Thought and Social and Political Movements (University Complutense of Madrid) and former director of the Seminar on Iberian Studies of the Centre for European Studies at Harvard University, where he is Associate member, and Professor of History at Tufts University in Boston (Cátedra Príncipe de Asturias, 1992–2000). He is also Director of the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (2004–2008). He has participated in several research projects focused on the history of social movements and Spanish political culture at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth century. Amongst his publications are La ideología política del anarquismo español (1868–1910) (Madrid: Siglo XXI, 1976); El ‘Emperador del Paralelo’. Alejandro Lerroux y la demagogia populista (Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1990); Mater Dolorosa. La idea de España en el siglo XIX (Madrid: Taurus, 2001); Identidad heredada y construcción nacional. Algunas propuestas sobre el caso español, del Antiguo Régimen a la Revolución Liberal; History, Politics and Culture, 1875–1936.

PAUL AUBERT is Full Professor of Literature and Contemporary Spanish Civilization at the Aix-Marseille Université and ‘Agrégé’ of Hispanic Studies. He dedicated his Thèse d’État to the Spanish Intellectuals and the politics in Spain (1898–1939). He was Director of Studies at Casa de Velázquez and manages a research program at the UMR Telemme (CNRS 7303 – Maison M...

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