Dr Angel Smith

Dr Angel Smith

Reader in Modern Spanish History

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Summary: I work on nineteenth and twentieth century Spanish history. My main areas of research are social elites, political conflict in early twentieth-century Spain, and nationalisms and national identities.



I did my PhD at Queen Mary College under the supervision of Paul Preston. My first post was at Staffordshire University and I worked for a time at the University of Southampton before moving on to the University of Leeds in 1998. I am currently Reader in Modern History with Spanish Portuguese and Latin American Studies, the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

Research interests

My work has centred on three major areas. First, I have written on social and political conflict in early twentieth-century Spain, focusing in particular on the rise of anarcho-syndicalism in early twentieth century Spain and on the reasons behind the fall of Spain's Restoration Monarchy in 1923. Second, I have studied nationalisms and national identities in modern Spain, with particular reference to Catalonia. Finally, I have undertaken work on Catalan social elites in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  My current project is a book entitled Orientalism, Race and the Nation. The National Question in Spain, 1875-1923.

Major Publications

Angel Smith, Angel Smith, Historical Dictionary of Spain, 3rd ed. (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018).

Paul Garner and Angel Smith (eds), Nationalism and Transnationalism in Spain and Latin America, 1808-1923 (Cardiff: Wales University Press, 2017).  

Angel Smith, The Origins of Catalan Nationalism, 1770-1898 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Francisco J. Romero Salvadó and Angel Smith (eds), The Agony of Spanish Liberalism, 1913-23(Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Angel Smith, Anarchism, Revolution and Reaction: Catalan Labour and the Crisis of the Spanish State, 1898-1923 (Oxford: Berghahn, 2007).

Angel Smith, 'The Catalan Counterrevolutionary Coalition and the Primo Rivera coup, 1917-1923', European History Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 1 (2007), pp. 7-3.

Angel Smith, (ed.), Red Barcelona: Social Protest and Labour Mobilization in the Twentieth Century (London: Routledge, 2002)

Angel Smith and Emma Dávila-Cox (eds), The Crisis of 1898: Colonial Redistribution and Nationalist Mobilization (Macmillan: Basingstoke, 1999)

Stefan Berger and Angel Smith (eds), Nationalism, Labour and Ethnicity, 1870-1939 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999)

Clare Mar-Molinero, and Angel Smith (eds), Nationalism and the Nation in the Iberian Peninsula: Competing and Conflicting Identities (Oxford: Berg, 1996)

Angel Smith, 'Social Conflict and Trade Union Organisation in the Catalan Cotton Textile Industry, 1890-1914', International Review of Social History, vol. XXXVI, no.3 (1991), pp.331-37

Conferences Organized (from 2013)

10-11 April 2013. Nationalism and Nation Building in Spain and Latin America, 1808-1914. Leeds Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds.

Invited Lectures (from 2013)

30 November 2017. Paper. ‘The "Black Legend" and the "Orientalisation" of Spain: The Impact on the Discourse and Practice of Cuban, Catalan and Basque Nationalism, 1850-1914’. St. Antony’s College Oxford, Latin American History Seminar.

9 November 2017. Paper, ‘An Urge for Dictatorship. The Fragile Liberalism of the Catalan Urban Elite, 1850-1923’. Cañada Blanch seminar series, Modern Spain, London School of Economics and Political Science.

28 March 2017. 'The Place of "Orientalism" in Hispanic Nationalist Discourse. The Cases of Cuba, Catalonia and the Basque Country, 1858-1914, International Meeting Nationalism in Europe, University of Valencia

5 March 2016. 'The Impact of the Easter Rising on Basque and Catalan Nationalist Movements' at the conference The 1916 Easter Rising in Global Perspective: The "Revolution that Succeeded?", Churchill College Cambridge, 3-5 March 2016

19 October 2013. 'Barcelona, 1850-1914. Industrial Development and Cultural Rensissance'. Paper in the seminar series 'Barcelona from Textiles to Technology. the Making of a Great City', Catalan Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science.

11 April 2013, 'Nationalisms against the Spanish State, 1850-1923. Cuba, Catalonia and the Basque Country'. Paper given at the LHRI symposium, University of Leeds, Nationalism and Nation Building in Spain and Latin America, 10-1 April 2013.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

All areas of modern Spanish history including:

Labour and the left.

Nationalism and national identities in Spain

The Spanish authoritarian Right

Comparative Spanish Latin American history