Professor Mary Vincent

M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon.) FRHistS

Department of History

Professor of Modern European History

Interim Deputy Vice President for Education 2018-

Elected member of Senate 2015-19; 2019-

Chair of the Advisory Board, Institute of Historical Research (IHR) 2019-

Trustee, IHR Trust 2019-

m.t.vincent@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 22 22566
In Semester 1 2020-21, I will be 50% in the Department and 50% in my wider University role

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Professor Mary Vincent
Department of History
2.11
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA
Profile

My main research interests lie in the history of modern Spain, particularly in the period of the Civil War and the Franco dictatorship (1931-75), and I have also published widely in the history of gender.

While my earlier work looked at fascism and political violence, I have focused more recently on religious violence in early twentieth-century Spain, both the massacres of the Civil War and earlier incidents of iconoclasm and church-burning.

My level 2 document option on the Barcelona ‘Tragic Week’, when an anarchist-led general strike led to widespread arson against churches reflects this research interest and I also teach a level 3 document-based Special Subject on the 'Spanish Civil War'.

My work on iconoclasm has led me to an interest in material culture, both objects and buildings, particularly the emotional effect that these had.

Alongside photographs, I use life-writing and memoir as a source for much of my work, including the monograph that I am currently writing on ‘Franco’s Crusade’.  From 2016-18 I held a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship to work on this project, and related articles on iconoclasm, one of which will be published in 2020.

Research interests

Modern Spain, fascism, political and religious violence, iconoclasm and violence against objects, the history of gender.

Publications

Books

  • Vincent MM, Miller N, Finn M, Fincham K, Holland S & Kissane C (2018) Promoting Gender Equality in UK History: A Second Report and Recommendation for Good Practice. London: Royal Historical Society. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vincent MM, Carter E, Conway M, Dahl HF, Frommer B, Peschanski D, Pittaway M, Romijn P, Wouters N, Vincent M & Olesen NW (2008) The War for Legitimacy in Politics and Culture, 1936-1949. Oxford and New York: Berg. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vincent M (2007) Spain, 1833-2002:People and State. OUP Oxford. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Vincent M (2019) Um seiner Liebe willen von Leiden verzehrt zu werden”: Gewalt, Religion und Gegenrevolution im Spanien der Restaurationszeit’ In Bouwers E (Ed.), ), Glaubenskämpfe: Katholiken und Gewalt im 19. Jahrhundert (pp. 289-312). Göttingen:: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vincent M (2017) Religion: The idea of catholic Spain, Metaphors of Spain: Representations of Spanish National Identity in the Twentieth Century (pp. 122-141). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vincent MM (2016) Political Violence and Mass Society: A European Civil War? In Doumanis N (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of European History, 1914-1945 Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vincent MM (2014) Made Flesh? Gender and Doctrine in Religious Violence in Twentieth-Century Spain In de Groot J & Morgan S (Ed.), Sex, Gender and the Sacred Reconfiguring Religion in Gender History (pp. 272-286). John Wiley & Sons RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vincent MM (2013) Religión e identidad nacional In Moreno Luzón J & Núñez Seixas X (Ed.), Ser españoles: Imaginarios nacionalistas en el siglo XX (pp. 207-245). Barcelona: Rba Libros. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vincent M (2012) Spain Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vincent MM (2010) Breaking the Silence? Memory and Oblivion since the Spanish Civil War In Ben-Ze'ev E, Ginio R & Winter J (Ed.), Shadows of War: A Social History of Silence in the Twentieth Century (pp. 47-67). New York: Cambridge University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vincent MM & Carter E (2008) Culture and Legitimacy In Conway M & Romijn P (Ed.), The War for Legitimacy in Politics and Culture, 1936-1949 (pp. 147-176). Oxford and New York: Berg. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vincent MM (2007) La paz de Franco: el concepto de jerarquía en la España de la posguerra, Religión y política en la España contemporánea (pp. 83-105). Madrid: Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

Conference proceedings papers

  • Vincent MM (2018) La masculinidad en la construcción del nacionalcatolicismo después de la Guerra Civil. Feminidades y Masculinidades en la Historiografía de Género (pp 127-160). Granada, 24 September 2015 - 25 September 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Vincent M (2018) Reparation : the aftermath of iconoclasm in Franco's Spain. Imágenes, devociones y prácticas religiosas: La Europa del Sur (1800-1960) (pp 279-298). Valladolid, 13 September 2017 - 15 September 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Research supervision

I welcome applications from postgraduate students with an interest in the history of Spain as well as those working on civil wars, political violence, modern Catholicism, and the history of gender.

Current students

  • Daniel Royle - Spain in 1848: On the Edge of Revolution
  • Joel Baker - Public works, infrastructure development, and the social construction of the Spanish state under the Primo de Rivera dictatorship, 1923-1930.
  • Carla Gutierrez Ramos - Labour and Nation. Welfare, Sub-State Nationalism and Labour Unionism in Galicia and Scotland.
  • David Kann - Het Joodsche Weekblad (The Jewish Weekly), as an Instrument of Persecution of the Jews  in the Nazi Occupied Netherlands.
  • Imen Neffati - The Politics of Offence in Hara Kiri and Charlie Hebdo 1960-2015.
  • Maria Vasquez-Aguilar - Exiles in Action: Political activism amongst the Chilean Refugees in the UK, 1973-2013.
  • Sabine Hanke (second supervisor) - National identity and cultural difference in the British and German circus, 1920-1945.

All current students

Completed students:

  • Vicki Pugh - Problem bodies and sideshow space: A study of twentieth century sideshow in Blackpool 1930-1940.
  • Stephanie Wright - Franco's 'Mutilated Gentleman': Masculinity and War Disability in Modern Spain, 1936-1976.
  • James Yeoman - Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain: 1890-1915.
  • Matthew Kerry - Radical Politics in the Spanish Second Republic: Asturias, 1931-1936.
  • Ruth Fisher (Hispanic Studies) - Resistance and Survival: Deconstructing the Narratives of Women Political Prisoners after the Spanish Civil War.
  • David Lyon (MPhil) - The penitentiary of El Puerto de Santa María and a Basque Dimension 
  • Rebecca Mytton (second supervisor) - Revolutionary Masculinities in the IRA, 1916-1923.
  • Hannah Parker (second supervisor) - Voices of the New Soviet Woman: Gender, Emancipation and Agency in Letters to the Soviet State, 1924-1941.
  • Ryosuke Yokoe (second supervisor) - Medical understandings of alcohol and the liver in twentieth-century Britain.
  • David Page (MPhil, second supervisor) - Pioneers of European Federalism: the New Europe Group and New Britain Movement (1931–1935).

PhD study in History

Grants

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship 2016-18

Teaching interests

Undergraduate

  • HST384/84 - The Spanish Civil War
  • HST2016 - The Barcelona Tragic Week

Postgraduate

  • HST6603 - Modernity and Power: Individuals & The State in the Modern World
  • HST6870 - Life Stories: Men and Women  in War and Revolution
Professional activities

Previous administrative roles

  • Head of Department (2012-15).
  • Vice-President, Royal Historical Society (2013-17)
  • Council Member, University of Sheffield (2014-17)
  • Chair, Senate Academic Assurance Committee (2018-19)
Public engagement

In the media