Leverhulme MRF: Franco's Prisons 1936-1976

Project: Research

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Layman's description

The forty-year Franco dictatorship constitutes, for Europe and Spain, major unfinished business of its violent twentieth century. Legitimised by the Cold War, totalitarian Francoism was permitted as a Western client to transform its society brutally. I will examine how the all-pervasive prison system of the 1940s changed during the dictatorship’s subsequent decades as Spain underwent accelerated industrialisation and social uprooting, whose combined intensity was, in European terms, second only to Stalin’s Russia. I propose an original, integrated prison study to investigate what those changes reveal about the renovation of Francoism, and its lasting consequences for Spain—and Europe—today.

Short titleFranco's Prisons
Effective start/end date1/10/181/10/21