Francoist Anti-Catalanism in the Spanish Civil War - Catalan Annual Lecture
The Queen Mary Annual Catalan Lecture
Professor Paul Preston (LSE)
Francoist Anti-Catalanism in the Spanish Civil War: From the Battle of the Ebro to occupation, pillage and exodus
29 November 2016: 6pm
Arts One: Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary, University of London
To be followed by a reception in the foyer.
This lecture explores the scale of Spanish anti-Catalanism in the Civil War. Franco carried out a campaign of extermination against Catalunya just a s he had done previously with other regions. He did so because he conceived the war as an investment in terror that would be the first step to the establishment of his dictatorship. Thereafter, to build on that investment, he installed a post-war machinery of trials, executions, prisons, concentration camps and an apparatus of State economic pillage.