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-syndicalistm 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. Finally, I have undertaken work on Catalan social elites in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuriescentury.  My current project is a book entitled Orientalism, Race and the Nation. The National Question in Spain, 1875-1923.

Major Publications

  • 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, Historical Dictionary of Spain, 2nd ed. (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2009).

  • 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. 7-34

  • 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 Recently Organized

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

Invited Lectures and Forthcoming Activities

  • 10 April 2013. "Nationalisms against the Spanish State, 1868-1914: Cuba, Catalonia and the Basque Country", paper given at the symposium Nationalism and Nation Building in Spain and Spanish America, 1808-1914

    11 November 2011, Paper presented at the seminar series of the Modern History Department of the Barcelona Autonomous University, entitled “Recepció ideologica i interesos de grup: el cas del liberalisme i de les elites urbanes catalanes, 1833-1898 (“Ideological Reception and Group Interest: The Case of Liberalism and Catalan Urban Elites, 1833-1898”).

    16 November 2011. Ramon Llull Lecture, University of Manchester, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, “The Origins of Catalan Nationalism: A Reassessment”.

    21 April 2009, I gave the paper “El Context Internacional de la Setmana Tràgica” (“The International Context of Tragic Week”), in the Seminar Series, La Setmana Trágica a Barcelona: Arrels i Consequències (Tragic Week in Barcelona: Roots and Consequences), organised by the Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat de Barcelona.

    10 March 2009, Paper “Los Anarquistas y Anarco-sindicalistas Ante la Cuestión Nacional” (“The Anarchists and Anarcho-Syndicalists in the Face of the National Question”), in the seminar series, Nationalisms and the Left in Modern Spain (Seminario Izquierdas y Nacionalismos en la España Contemporánea), Madrid, Fundación Pablo Iglesias.

    Major Research Projects and Grants

  • October-December 1999 British Academy Small Grant

  • November 2004-February 2005 British Academy Small Grant

  • July-December 2006 British Academy Small Grant

  • 18-month Leverhulme Research Fellowship (Jan 2009-June 2010) to write a book entitled The Forging of the Catalan Nation, 1880-1936


  • SPPO1042: The Historical Development of Spain and Spanish America

  • SPPPO2680: Modern Spain, 1868-1975

  • SPPO3240: The Crisis of the Spanish Nation? Nationalisms and National Identities in Spain 1868-1978 (Co-ordinator) 

  • MA Module, "The Fragility of the Spanish State: Identity, Conflict and Resistance, 1808-1939', on the School of History's Modern History MA

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