Prof. Helen Graham


About Prof. Graham...

Archival research focused on Spain's war of 1936-9 in continental and global context, and on the history of Francoism (most recently its prison and camp system).

Prof. Graham has worked at the University of Southampton, New York University and Royal Holloway University of London where her recent teaching includes a graduate course on the European civil wars of 1917-47. She has written for the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, History Today, BBC History, Literary Review and the London Review of Books. Her books include, Interrogating Francoism (Bloomsbury, 2016);The War and its Shadow. Spain’s Civil War in Europe’s Long Twentieth Century(2012); The Spanish Republic at War (Cambridge U.P., 2003) and The Spanish Civil War. A Very Short Introduction (Oxford U.P., 2005), this latter a wide-ranging ethical reflection on the war and its long aftermath which has sold over 50,000 copies in English and has been translated into many languages, including Spanish, German, Portuguese, Greek and Turkish.  She is currently researching a book about Franco’s prisons, 1936-78 and finishing another which explores the reverberations of Republican defeat internationally through a series of interlocking biographical essays. In 1995 she conceived, edited and wrote (with Jo Labanyi) the still standard reference work, Spanish Cultural Studies (Oxford University Press).


George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia: Introduction
Graham, H., 15 Mar 2021, Pan Macmillan. 

Review of Michael Seidman, Transatlantic Antifascisms (Cambridge U.P., 2018)
Graham, H., 30 Dec 2020, In: Journal of Modern History. 92, 4Book/Film/Article review › peer-review

review of Giles Tremlett, The International Brigades. Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War
Graham, H., 1 Oct 2020, Literary Review, 490, p. 38-39Newspaper article

On historicising the war in Spain: round table (commissioned essay)
Graham, H., Aug 2020, In: Contemporary European History. 29, 3, p. 268-271Book/Film/Article review › peer-review

Guardian review of Paul Preston, ‘A People Betrayed’, a magisterial study of Spain’s turbulent past
Graham, H., 2 Apr 2020, The Guardian.Newspaper article

Franco’s Prisons: From Totalitarianism to Brutal Developmentalism 1939-1977
Graham, H., 24 Sep 2019, (In preparation)Book

translation of Juan Marse’s, Un dia volvere
Graham, H., 24 Sep 2019, (In preparation) 

‘Lives at the limit’ (provisional title): : dealing with defeat in the dark twentieth century (provisional subtitle)
Graham, H., 2019, (In preparation) TBC.Book

Los fantasmas del cambio (Muerte en Zamora)
Graham, H., 11 Oct 2017, Madrid : Editorial Postmetropolis. 
La guerra y su sombra: una vision de la tragedia espanola en el largo siglo XX europeo
Graham, H., 1 Jul 2017, Barcelona: Planeta.Book

Interrogating Francoism: History and Dictatorship in Twentieth-Century Spain
Graham, H. (ed.), 25 Aug 2016, 1st ed. London: Bloomsbury.Book

Reform as Promise and Threat: Political Progressives and Blueprints for Change in Spain, 1931-6
Graham, H., 25 Aug 2016, Interrogating Francoism: History and Dictatorship in Twentieth-Century Spain. Graham, H. (ed.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 69-96Chapter

Writing Spain’s Twentieth Century in(to) Europe
Graham, H., 25 Aug 2016, Interrogating Francoism: History and Dictatorship in Twentieth-Century Spain. Graham, H. (ed.). 1st ed. London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 1-24Chapter