Filipinos and the Spanish Civil War (History Lecture Series)

Monday, April 05, 2021
4:00 PM
5:30 PM


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From 1936 until 1939, an ideological battle was being waged on the Iberian peninsula which polarized Spanish society between the two protagonists of the war, the Republicans which was composed of an uneasy alliance between the Communists, Socialists, and the Anarchists, and on the side the Nationalists composed and supported by the Spanish Falange and the rebellious armed forces led by Gen. Francisco Franco. Anti-Fascist organizations and sympathizers from all over the world signed up and volunteered to fight on the side of the republic by either joining the International Brigade or by directly joining the various armed groups of republic. This paper seeks to explore some of the individual stories of these Filipinos who found themselves on both sides of the conflict, and the dual role played by the Communist Party of the Philippines and the Communist Party of the United States in forging an alliance against Fascism from the Philippines and the United States. 
About the Speaker
Dr. Francis M. Navarro pursued higher studies at the Universidad de Salamanca as a scholar of the Spanish government where he took his Doctorate in Archival Management and Documentation. He is at present an Assistant Professor of History at the Ateneo de Manila University where he teaches and does research on Philippine History, Rizal Studies, Hispanic and Transpacific Histories. He was awarded in 2018 by San Beda College, where he finished his elementary and high school education, as the Most Outstanding Bedan in the field of Arts and Culture. At the moment he is the coordinator of the Philippine Academic Consortium for Latin American Studies. His most recent role was being a part of the panel to study and investigate the First Easter Mass Celebration in the Philippines celebrated in 1521.
This is the fifth lecture in the S.Y. 2020 - 2021 run of the History Lecture Series.
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