Departmental Seminar: The Franco Dictatorship in Historical-Comparative Perspective presented by Julian Casanova

Departmental Seminar
CEU Community Only
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 1:30pm
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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 1:30pm to 3:10pm

The Department of Political Science and Department of History cordially invite you to the departmental seminar

The Franco Dictatorship in Historical-Comparative Perspective

presented by

Julian Casanova
Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Zaragoza and Recurrent Visiting Professor, Central European University

Date: 30th October, 2014 – 13.30
Venue: CEU Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower #908

Abstract: Was the Franco Dictatorship fascist? How much did the Franco dictatorship have in common with the non-fascist authoritarian regimes of interwar Europe?

The best way to answer those questions is to define the features of the Francoist political system, in order to frame it comparatively in the different types of existing dictatorships in Europe between 1919 and 1945: the communist, the fascist and the conservative/traditional.

Seen from a comparative perspective, the distinctive feature of twentieth-century Spain was the long duration of Franco’s dictatorship after the Civil War of 1936-1939. After the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini, Franco carried on until 1975. General Franco was the irreplaceable, decisive and fundamental character of his political system.