Professor Helen Graham

Helen Graham

Professor Helen Graham

Professor of Spanish History

Phone: +44 1784 443318

Personal profile

Helen Graham has worked at the University of Southampton, New York University and Royal Holloway University of London where her recent teaching includes a graduate course on the European civil wars of 1917-47. Her archival research to date has focused on Spain's war of 1936-9 in continental and global context, and on the history of Francoism (most recently its prison and camp system). She has written for the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, History Today, BBC History, Literary Review and the London Review of Books. Her books include, Interrogating Francoism (Bloomsbury, 2016);The War and its Shadow. Spain's Civil War in Europe's Long Twentieth Century (2012); The Spanish Republic at War (Cambridge U.P., 2003) and The Spanish Civil War. A Very Short Introduction (Oxford U.P., 2005), this latter a wide-ranging ethical reflection on the war and its long aftermath which has sold over 50,000 copies in English and has been translated into many languages, including Spanish, German, Portuguese, Greek and Turkish.  She is currently researching a book about Franco’s prisons, 1936-78 and finishing another which explores the reverberations of Republican defeat internationally through a series of interlocking biographical essays. In 1995 she conceived, edited and wrote (with Jo Labanyi) the still standard reference work, Spanish Cultural Studies (Oxford University Press).

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