Dr. Peter Anderson

Dr. Peter Anderson

Associate Professor in Twentieth Century European History

Summary: Dr. Peter Anderson is a specialist in the history and memory of the Spanish Civil War with particular interests in political violence, complicity, humanitarianism and the International Brigades.

Location: Parkinson 4.12

Research Areas

the Francoist repression during and after the Spanish Civil War;

the role of the laws of war and humanitarianism in the Spanish Civil War;

the International Brigades;

the memory of the Spanish Civil War.

the removal of children in early twentieth-century Spain.


After gaining a PhD in history at Royal Holloway, University of London, Peter Anderson held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the London School of Economics. He has worked at the University of Leeds since 2012. During the academic year 2016-17 he will be a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow. He is a co-editor of European History Quarterly.

Selected Publications

 'British Government Maritime Evacuations in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939', War in History (forthcoming).

‘The Struggle over the Evacuation to the United Kingdom and Repatriation of Basque Refugee Children in the Spanish Civil War: Symbols and Souls’, Journal of Contemporary History (forthcoming).

Friend or Foe? Occupation, Collaboration and Selective Violence in the Spanish Civil War (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press/Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies, 2016). 

Peter Anderson and Jorge Marco, Legitimacy by Proxy: searching for a usable past through the International Brigades in Spain's post-Franco Democracy, 1975-2015', Journal of Modern European History, 14, 3, (2016).

Peter Anderson y Miguel Ángel del Arco Blanco, (eds.),Lidiando con el pasado. Represión y memoria de la guerra civil y el franquismo, (Granada: Comares, 2014).

Peter Anderson and Miguel Ángel del Arco Blanco, (eds.), Mass Killings and Violence in Spain, 1936-1952: Grappling with the Past, (New York: Routledge, 2014).

‘Francisco Franco: ¿Criminal de Guerra?', Hispania Nova. Revista de Historia Contemporánea, 10, (2012), pp. 1-17.

‘The Salamanca Papers: Plunder, Collaboration, Surveillance and Restitution’, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, LXXXIX, 7-8, (2012), pp. 171-186.

‘The Chetwode Commission for Prisoner Exchange and British Diplomatic Responses to Violence behind the lines during the Spanish Civil War’, European History Quarterly, 42, 2, (2012), pp. 235-260.

‘In the Name of the Martyrs: memory and retribution in Francoist Spain, 1936-1945’ (Cultural and Social History), 8, 3, (2011), pp. 355-370.

From the Pulpit to the Dock: Basque Priests in Franco’s Military Courts in 1937’ in Sandra Ott (Ed.), ‘War, Exile, Justice and Everyday Life, 1936-1945’, (Nevada: University of Nevada Press, 2011), pp. 59-83.

The Francoist Military Trials: terror and complicity, 1939-1945, (London/New York: Routledge, 2010).

‘Singling out Victims: Denunciation and Collusion in the Post Civil War Francoist Repression in Spain, 1939-1945’, European History Quarterly, 39, 1, (2009), pp. 7-26.

‘In the Interests of Justice: Grassroots Prosecution and Collaboration in Francoist Military Trials, 1939-1945’, Contemporary European History, 18, 1, (2009), pp. 25-44. 

Recent and Forthcoming Conference Papers

'Child Removal in Early Twentieth-Century Spain', University of Oxford, May 2017.

Spanish History Seminar at The University of Leeds

Peter Anderon is a deputy director of the Centre for Ibero-American History at the University of Leeds.

Teaching and Supervision

Peter Anderson convenes a second-year undergraduate course on Spanish history 1898-1936; a third-year undergraduate course on recent efforts to come to terms with the violence in the Spanish Civil War and a third-year undergraduate special subject course on the Spanish Civil War. He co-teaches on a module offered at Masters level which explores the fragility of the Spanish state in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is supervising a doctoral student researching Spain's memory movement.

Working with Others

Dr. Anderson has worked with civil associations commemorating the Spanish Civil War and has given talks at film showings. He regularly takes part in conferences and public talks in Spain.