In our series dedicated to great Hispanists we present Prof. Sebastian Balfour, in dialogue with the director of the Instituto Cervantes in London, Dr Julio Crespo McLennan.
Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies at the London School of Economics, Sebastian Balfour was born in 1941. His main interest has focused on the study of the twentieth century Spanish history and contemporary Spanish politics, in particular the architecture of the Spanish state and regional government.
The question of national identity cover a great part of his work, which has Catalonia and the Basque Country as a frequent centre of his research. Balfour also was member of the Scientific Committee of the Museum of History of Barcelona that planned its most recent restructuring.
Major publications include La dictadura, los trabajadores y la ciudad: el movimiento obrero en el Área Metropolitana de Barcelona (1939-1988) (1994), The End of the Spanish Empire 1898-1923 (Clarendon Press, 1997), De la guerra colonial a la Guerra Civil en España y Marruecos (1909-1939) (Ediciones Península, 2002), Castro: Profiles in Power, o España reinventada. Nación e identidad desde la Transición (Ediciones Península, 2007). He has also been working with Paul Preston in Spain and the Great Powers in the Twentieth Century (Routledge, 1999).
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