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Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies
London School of Economics and Political Science
Clement's Inn, Tower 2, room 5.02
London WC2A 2AE

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7955 6119/6058

E-mail: cbcentre@lse.ac.uk 

Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies

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The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies is part of the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science and is the focus of a flourishing interest in contemporary Spain in Britain.

The Centre organizes different events and promotes an exciting range of publications, in the form of a series of books as well as articles in peer-reviewed journals on the history, politics, society and economy of Spain. Distinguished scholars who come as Visiting Fellows are offered the facilities of the Cañada Blanch Centre and LSE libraries, as well as archival resources.

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Please note that since May 2013 the Cañada Blanch Centre has been located in Tower 2, Clement's Inn. Location and directions on how to find us.



British-Spanish Society Gala, 20 April 2016
On 20 April 2016, the Cañada Blanch Foundation of Valencia received the
Lifetime Achievement Award in Education from the British-Spanish Society
on the occasion of the centenary of the Society. The award was presented
during the royal gala that took place at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
Queen Sofía of Spain presided over the ceremony together with Prince
Andrew, Duke of York, both of whom drew attention to the importance of
cultural relations between the UK and Spain. In the photo, from left to right:
Juan López-Trigo (President of the FCB), Professor Paul Preston, Juan
Miguel Dols (grand-nephew of Vicente Cañada Blanch), and Prince Andrew.


Latest publication: Paul Preston, The Last Days of the Spanish Republic 
(London: William Collins, 2016), 400 pp. (ISBN: 978-0-00-816340-2)


Javier Marías in conversation with Paul Preston, 9 March 2016
On 8 March 2016 the acclaimed Spanish novelist and columnist Javier Marías
discussed his latest novel, Thus Bad Begins, with Prof. Paul Preston. Event
page and podcast


Eduardo Mendoza, 24 February 2016
The celebrated Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza attended the LSE Literary
Festival on 24 February 2016 on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the
Spanish Civil War. Together with Prof. Paul Preston and Prof. Helen Graham,
he discussed the challenges of incorporating historical events into fiction.
Event page and podcast.


Preston Poblet 2015
On the 3rd of February, Professor Paul Preston was awarded the Premi Ciutat
de Barcelona 2016
by the Barcelona City Council (Spain) for "his important
international profile as a historian of Spain, especially the Second Republic,
the Civil War and its aftermath, and the Transition to democracy, periods of
great significance for the city of Barcelona" (see article). The ceremony will be
held at 19 h. on the 15th of February in the Saló de Cent of the Ajuntament de
Barcelona and broadcasted live by BTV. 


CB publication: Jorge Marco, Guerrilleros and Neighbours in Arms:
Identities and Cultures of Anti-fascist Resistance in Spain
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2016), 224 pp. (ISBN: 978-1-84519-752-0)


CB publication: Carl-Henrik Bjerström, Josep Renau and the Politics of Culture
in Republican Spain, 1931–1939: Re-Imagining the Nation 
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2016), 272 pp. (ISBN: 978-1-84519-739-1)

 Ealham 2015
CB and AK Press publication: Chris Ealham, Living Anarchism: José Peirats and the Spanish Anarcho-Syndicalist Movement(Oakland: AK Press/Cañada Blanch, 2015), 270 pp. (ISBN 978-1-84935-238-3)


CB publication: Antonio Míguez Macho, The Genocidal Genealogy
of Francoism: Violence, Memory and Impunity 
(Brighton: Sussex
Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2015), 192 pp. (ISBN: 978-1-84519-749-0)


CB publication: Martin Minchom, Spain’s Martyred Cities: From the Battle of Madrid
to Picasso’s Guernica
(Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch, 2015),
320 pp. (ISBN: 978-1-84519-660-8)


PrestonHCValenciaProfessor Paul Preston receiving an honorary doctorate from the University
of Valencia, 26 October 2015.


Professor Paul Preston, member of the European Academy of Yuste, receiving
an honorary doctorate from the University of Extremadura, 28 September 2015.


Professor Paul Preston receiving an honorary degree from the Vice-Chancellor
Janet Beer at the University of Liverpool, 20 July 2015.


Miguel Dols 18May15
Miguel Dols Piquer, long-serving Vice-President of the Fundación Cañada Blanch
of Valencia (Spain) who played a key role in establishing the CBC at the LSE,
receives the foundation's highest distinction ('Alta Distinción'). The ceremony
was held in Valencia on 18 May 2015.


Paul Preston, Doctor Honoris Causa at Tarragona, 15 May 2015
Professor Paul Preston receives a Doctor Honoris Causa from Universitat Rovira
i Virgili in Tarragona, 15 May 2015.


Paul Preston, Saló de Cent, 20 April 2015
Ceremony held on 20 April 2015 in Barcelona's historic Saló de Cent, officially announcing Professor Paul Preston's decision to donate his library and archive to the Catalan Monastery of Poblet.


 Paul Preston, LSE Video
LSE video on Professor Paul Preston's lifelong research into the causes, course
and legacy of the Spanish Civil War.


Prof. Paul Preston and the internationally awarded Spanish writer Javier Cercas
in the London Review bookshop, 23 May 2014.

Aza & distinguished guests, 14-11-13 
On 14 November 2013, H.E. Alberto Aza Arias gave a lecture at the LSE.
Here with some other distinguished guests (from left to right): Paul Preston,
John Woodger, Denise Holt, Josep Suárez, José Manuel Romero, Juan Viña,
Juan López-Trigo, Alberto Aza (with red tie), Adam Austerfield, Miguel Dols,
Ana de Miguel, Michael Portillo, Antony Jones, David Brighty, Julio Crespo
and Juan Miguel Dols.


AGM, 27-6-13
Annual meeting of the CBC Management Council, 27 June 2013.
From left to right: Jimmy Burns-Marañón, Miguel Dols, David Brighty,
Ana de Miguel, Helen Graham, Paul Preston and Michael Portillo.


Homage to Ángel Viñas, 22-6-13
Session in honour of Ángel Viñas, Brussels, 22 June 2013.
Right to left: Joaquín Almunia (European Commissioner), Paul Preston
and Ángel Viñas.


LSE Franco's Terror lecture 14-3-2013
Prof. Paul Preston during the LSE lecture Franco's Terror in a European Context,
14 March 2013.


M. Buch, LSE lecture, 26-2-2013
Máximo Buch, Minister for the Economy of the Regional Government
of Valencia, Spain, at the LSE on 26 February 2013.


M. Ahtissari at the LSE, 26-11-2012
Prof. Preston welcomes Nobel Prize and Finnish ex-President Martti Ahtissari
in his visit to the LSE. Here together with new LSE Director Craig Calhoun.
26 Nov 2012.