Sites Without Memory and Memory Without Sites: On the Failure of the Public History of the Spanish Civil War

  • Antonio Cazorla-Sánchez
  • Adrian Shubert
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


This chapter explores the shortcomings of public history in Spain regarding the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship. Despite efforts and accomplishments, largely driven by civil society, Spain continues to have too many sites without memory of its recent violent past. Second, there are also too many memories which have no place in which to be firmly grounded and usefully transmitted to society. The current situation is one of islands of Public History which hardly collaborate with each other and which have been unable to capture the imagination of Spanish society. It argues that, in the absence of more robust action from the central government, Digital Public History, and specifically a Virtual Museum of the Spanish Civil War, is the most promising approach.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Cazorla-Sánchez
    • 1
  • Adrian Shubert
    • 2
  1. 1.Trent UniversityPeterboroughCanada
  2. 2.York UniversityTorontoCanada

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