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Between memory and history: Social relationships and ways of remembering the Spanish civil war

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This brief article focuses on putative connections between public and popular historical movements in Spain to do with the civil war, on the one hand, and problems to be considered in constructing a social history of the war and the post-war era, on the other. One appropriate and useful concept for explaining the relationship between these two forms of recuperating the past, it is argued, is social memory, meaning the ways in which the past has been understood, talked about and assimilated in the past as well as in the present.

Keywords: historical memory; public history; social history; social memory

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of the West of England.

Publication date: August 1, 2006

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  • The International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS) is the academic journal for scholars from around the world whose research focuses on contemporary Spain and Portugal from a range of disciplinary perspectives. IJIS is interested in history (20th century onwards), government and politics; foreign policy and international relations.
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