Stephanie WrightDr Stephanie Wright

MAHons (St Andrews), M.A. (Sheffield), Ph.D. (Sheffield)

Teaching Associate in Modern European History

Modern Europe, especially Spain; social history of war; history of gender; history of disability; race and intersectionality.

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Semester Two 2018/19 Office Hours: Mondays 13:00-15:00



Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews before pursuing her postgraduate studies in the Department of History at Sheffield. Her main research interests are in the social history of modern Spain, particularly the intersection of gender, disability and race under the Francoist dictatorship. Her doctoral research explored representations and experiences of the 'Nationalist' war disabled—or 'Mutilated Gentlemen' as they became known—of the Spanish Civil War, as well as citizen-state relations under the Francoist regime. Stephanie’s broad interests in the social history of warfare and its legacies have led her more recently to investigate the lives of Moroccan veterans of the Spanish Civil War, particularly with reference to their relationships with Spanish women. Before moving to Sheffield, Stephanie worked as a freelance translator and held posts in the charity sector and at the European Parliament.

Since 2014, Stephanie has taught in both the Departments of History and Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield, where she has also organised a number of conferences on the social history of war, the history of suicide, and the history of authoritarianism. More details on the latter can be found here.


Current Research

Stephanie’s research explores the intersection of gender, disability and race in modern Europe, particularly with reference to the legacy of the Spanish Civil War under the Francoist dictatorship. Her doctoral thesis explored representations and experiences of war disability under the Francoist dictatorship, as well as constructions of citizenship and state legitimacy in modern Spain. She is also interested in the social history of warfare in modern Europe more broadly, particularly the physical and psychological legacies of armed conflict on 'ordinary' lives.

More recently, Stephanie has sought to extend her interest in war disability to the colonial and postcolonial context of northern Morocco, focusing particularly on Moroccan veterans of the Spanish Civil War and their relationships with Spanish women. Her next project will build on this interest through an exploration of the experiences of Moroccan veterans in transnational and comparative perspective.



‘Glorious brothers, unsuitable lovers: Moroccan veterans, Spanish women and the mechanisms of Francoist paternalism’ (2018) Journal of Contemporary History [advance access:]

‘Los mutilados de Franco: el Benemérito Cuerpo y la política social en la España franquista’, Revista Universitaria de Historia Militar 5:9 (2016), pp. 75-92

Book reviews

The Routes to Exile: France and the Spanish Civil War Refugees, 1939-2009’, French History 30:4 (2016), pp. 588-589

Franquismo a Ras de Suelo: Zonas Grises, Apoyos Sociales y Actitudes durante la Dictadura (1936-1976)’, International Journal of Iberian Studies 29:1 (2016), pp. 84-86


Module Leader

HST2039: Coercion and Consent: Everyday Life in the Third Reich

This module will introduce you to sources and literature that explore the relationship between state and society in Nazi Germany. With particular emphasis on exploring the extent to which support for the regime resulted from coercion or popular consent, it aims to give you a nuanced understanding of the nature of National Socialism, its appeal and effectiveness as well as its contradictions and limitations. You will consider documents and interpretations that consider 'resistance' and 'collaboration', which will aid their analysis of the choices and constraints that shaped the relationship between the Nazi state and society.


HST3144/HST3145: Ending the Cold War in Europe, 1973-1991

The end of the Cold War has generated voluminous academic literature within the ever expanding and multifaceted historical research on the study of the Cold War era. Whether or not one sees it as the result of US pressure, Soviet economic decline, Gorbachev’s new thinking, the end of the Cold War still captures the academic and public interest. Based upon a wealthy variety of primary sources recently released and for its most part digitalized and/or published, this course will explore why and how in the second half of the 1980s the apparently secure world transformed itself into the sudden, rapid and relatively peaceful breakdown of Eastern European communism, then German unification and ultimately the end of the USSR and its empire.. Ultimately, the course asks the students to consider the meaning and significance of the end of the Cold War for world history. Was 1989-91 an epochal moment? Did it represent a triumph for the West, for liberal capitalism, or for democracy? The course also explores the possibilities and difficulties of writing about very recent events: can we think historically about processes and developments, which are still ongoing? The discussion in each seminar will draw on a combination of primary and secondary material.


HST6062: Cold War Histories

What is Cold War? How many of the post-war conflicts and tensions did it encompass? Should we approach it as a global conflict, a bipolar rivalry, a struggle for Europe and the Third World? Conceptualizations of the Cold War and historical investigations of its dynamics have substantially changed over time. How is the Cold War understood in an expanding and diversifying historiographical field? New critical approaches question its nature, scope, reach and implications. Conceptual precision and specificity seem to be giving way to a wider understanding of the Cold War as an era that encompassed different and at the same time interconnected conflicts and transformations. Today we study it not so much as an ideological and security issue but rather as a crossroad of cultural, transnational, local and global perspectives. As a result, its definition has grown more elusive and contested while historical research has become increasingly multifaceted.


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