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Javier Rodrigo Sánchez

ICREA Academia 2018

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona · Humanities

Javier Rodrigo Sánchez

Javier Rodrigo (1977) is Associate Professor -recognized Full professorship- Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. PhD in History (European University Institute) and postdoctoral researcher (LSE), has been “Juan de la Cierva” (University of Zaragoza) and “Ramón y Cajal” Fellow, UAB.

He is the author or editor of 20 books on concentration camps, violence, the Spanish Civil War and Total war in Europe, fascism and historiography. His last books include Comunidades rotas. Una historia global de las guerras civiles, 1917-2017 (2019, English ed. 2023), Fascist Italy in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 (2021), Generalísimo. Las vidas de Francisco Franco, 1892-2020 (2022) and Ellos los fascistas. La banalización del fascismo y la crisis de la democracia (2022). Author of more than 30 papers in international journals, he has been PI of the H2020 Project SO-CLOSE, and now coordinates the CERV Project WIRE. In 2022 he has been awarded with a BBVA's Leonardo Grant in 2022

Research interests

I study war, violence, terror and genocide, civil war, total war, forced displacements, eliminationist theories and practises (particularly fascism), historiography and cultural representations. Currently I am coordinating a European CERV Project, WIRE, on Women and Resistances in Italy, Spain, Greece and Poland, and have been awarded with a BBVA's Leonardo Grant for the study of violence against women during the Spanish post-civil war period. 

I coordinated two parallel projects: Horizon2020 Project SO-CLOSE, Enhancing Social Cohesion through Sharing the Cultural Heritage of Forced Migrations, and POS-C-WARS, Posguerras civiles: violencia y reconstrucción nacional en España y Europa, 1939-1949. Currently I am working on a big exhibition in Catalonia's History Museum on refugees history in Europe, and also on a book (2024) on the representations of the image of Franco's power, Imagining Franco


Civil Wars, Europe, Violence, Fascism, Genocide, War Experience, Historiography, Spain

ICREA Memoir 2023