Week 2 update: thoughts on neutrality and international chess

My first week of research focused entirely on internalizing the history of the Spanish civil war. My reading has included two English-language history books, a Spanish-language book exploring how the guerra civil continues to shape Spanish identity and politics, and Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia. In general, Spanish accounts emphasize domestic actors and ideas much more than an English […]

Comparative Study of the Spanish and Syrian Civil Wars – Abstract

My research project will compare and contrast the Spanish civil war (1936-1939) and the Syrian civil war (2011-present). In particular, I will address how international military involvement shaped the outcome of both domestic conflicts. The Spanish civil war began as a domestic rebellion but became a fascist-communist proxy war, a trial run for Nazi Germany’s […]

Final Post: Catalonia’s Independence Movement

Well, I’ve made it back to the ‘Burg, and I’ve also made it through a draft of my research paper on the Catalan independence movement. It’s sitting at fifty-one pages right now (apologies in advance to my advisor, who has to read the admittedly very rough version!), and I largely stuck to my outline, which […]