Professor Mary Vincent
M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon.) FRHistS
Professor of Modern European History.
Vice-President and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
20th Century Spain; Spanish Republic & Civil War; history of gender.
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Semester One Office Hours: Mondays 14:00-16:00
Mary Vincent has been teaching at Sheffield since 1988. Her main research interests lie in the history of modern Spain, particularly in the period of the Civil War and the Franco dictatorship (1931-75). An interest in the social basis of Franco's support, particularly that provided by the Catholic Church, led her to write Catholicism in the Second Spanish Republic, (1996). An increasing interest in the history of gender led to various publications, including edited collections on Gender and History, (with Robert Shoemaker, 1998) and Gender and War c.1918-1949, (2001). She published Modern Spain 1833-2002: People and State (2007), a general history of the Spanish state that focuses on the persistence of political violence and the historical problem of state legitimacy in Spain. Mary is writing a book on religious violence in the Spanish Civil War.
Royal Historical Society - Vice-President and Fellow
Contemporary European History - Member of the editorial board
Gender and History - Member of the editorial collective
Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies, LSE - Associate member
A continuing interest is the history both of religion and of political violence has defined her current project, which is a study of the nature of Franco's 'crusade'. She is also working on shorter pieces on position of Spanish protestants under a 'National-Catholic' regime.
Professor Vincent's undergraduate teaching includes a level 3 document-based Special Subject on the 'Spanish Civil War' (HST384/385). At MA level she offers an optional module entitled 'Life Stories: Men and Women in War and Revolution, 1914-49'. She regularly supervises dissertations on modern Spanish history and on British involvement in the Spanish Civil War.
She welcomes 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 Research Students
Ruth Littlewood (Hispanic Studies) - Memoirs of Women Prisoners in Franco's Spain.
Alexander Buck (Hispanic Studies) - Immigration in Argentina in the Late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.
David Page - The Rise and Demise of the New Britain Movement, 1932-1935.
Hannah Parker - Emancipation from Above: An analysis of Russian Women’s Responses to the Emancipation of Women in the Stalin Era.
Vicki Pugh - Performing Bodies: Anatomical display in the twentieth-century fairground.
Carla Gutiérrez Ramos - Labour and Nation. Welfare, Sub-State Nationalism and Labour Unionism in Galicia and Scotland.
Stephanie Wright - Disabled and Neurotic Nationalist Veterans and Perceptions of Masculinity in Franco's Spain, 1936-75.
Recent Research Students
Matthew Kerry - Radical Political Identities in Asturias, 1931-7.
James Yeoman - The Lived Experience of Anarchism: Education and Culture in pre-Civil War Spain.
Articles and Essays
‘Ungodly Subjects: Protestants in National-Catholic Spain, 1939-53’, European History Quarterly (2015) 45:1, 108-31
‘Made flesh? Gender and doctrine in religious violence in twentieth-century Spain’, Gender and History (2013) 25:3, 668-80
Religión e identidad nacional’ in Javier Moreno Luzón and Xosé Núñex Seixas, Ser Españoles: Imaginarios nacionalistas en el siglo XX (Barcelona: RBA, 2013), 207-45
'Breaking the Silence? Memory and Oblivion since the Spanish Civil War' in Efrat Ben-Ze’ev, Ruth Ginio, Jay Winter (eds), Shadows of War: A Social History of Silence in the Twentieth Century (2010)
'Spain' in R. J. B. Bosworth (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Fascism (2009)
'Expiation as Performative Rhetoric: The Politics of Gesture in Post-Civil War Spain' in M. J. Braddick (ed), Past and Present supplement 4 (2009)
'The Keys to the Kingdom: Religious Violence in the Spanish Civil War', in Chris Ealham and Michael Richards (eds), The Splintering of Spain: New Approaches to the Spanish Civil War (2005)
'Camisas Nuevas: Style and Uniformity in the Falange Española, 1933-43', in Wendy Parkins (ed), Fashioning the Body Politic: Dress, Gender, Citizenship (2002)
'The Martyrs and the Saints: Masculinity and the Construction of the Francoist Crusade', History Workshop Journal 47 (1999) pp. 68-98.
In The Media
'The Spanish Civil War', BBC Radio 4's In Our Time hosted by Melvyn Bragg
Head of Department (2012-15).