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Humanitarianism and Politics in the Spanish Civil War

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From £70.00

Sat 29 Feb 2020

Humanitarianism and Politics in the Spanish Civil War


The Spanish Civil War, 1936-9, was not only a prolonged conflict in which some half a million lives were lost, but also represented an immense humanitarian crisis: how to care for the wounded of both sides, the thousands of internally displaced people (including many children) and the large numbers of refugees? This day school will look at how the Spanish authorities and the emerging international community of the inter-war years responded to this challenge, and how foreign governments, international agencies and NGOs negotiated the fine line that separated humanitarian from political intervention in a struggle that divided world opinion.


Programme details


9.45am            Registration

10.00am          International Responses to the Humanitarian Emergency in

                          Spain, 1936-1939

                          PROFESSOR TOM BUCHANAN, OUDCE

11.15am           Coffee/tea

11.35am           Stolen or Removed? Taking Children from Parents in the

                          Spanish Civil War

                          DR PETER ANDERSON, Associate Professor in Twentieth-

                          Century European History, University of Leeds

12.50pm          Lunch break

2.00pm           ‘Hear the beat of our hearts’: humanitarianism, politics, and

                         the experience of child evacuees in the Republic's colonias

                         during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)

                         DR SUAN SHERIDAN BREAKWELL, independent researcher

3.15pm            Tea/coffee

3.45pm            ‘We all hope one day to be able to repay you for something

                         that money cannot give’: National and local dimensions of

                         the Basque refugee children in Britain

                         DR EDWARD PACKARD, Lecturer in History, University of


5.00pm           Course disperses



Description Costs
includes coffee/tea £70.00
Baguette £5.00
Full Hot Lunch (3 courses) £15.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses



Dr Peter Anderson


Associate Professor in Twentieth-Century European History, University of Leeds

Dr Suan Sheridan Breakwell


independent researcher

Dr Edward Packard


Lecturer in History, University of Suffolk

Professor Tom Buchanan

Speaker and Director of Studies

Tom Buchanan is Professor of Modern British and European History at the University of Oxford, and Director of Studies in History and Politics at OUDCE. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on British involvement in the Civil War, and of Europe’s Troubled Peace, since 1945 (2nd edition 2012). He published East Wind: China and the British Left, 1925-1976 with Oxford University Press in 2012. He is currently completing a book on Amnesty International and human rights activism in post-war Britain. He has published an article entitled “The Three Lives of Homage to Catalonia” in The Library, 3, 3, (2002).


Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.