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World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence

Producing History in Spanish Civil War Exhumations

From the Archive to the Grave

Authors: Aragüete-Toribio, Zahira

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  • Offers an anthropological study of the recent exhumations of mass graves from the Spanish Civil WarUtilises fieldwork data, to offer fresh comment on truth-making efforts in post-Franco and post-transitional Spain
  • Advances a new perspective on exhumation debates by focusing on specific issues of time, history and historiography
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This book reflects on the new histories emerging from the exhumation of mass graves that contain the corpses of the Republicans killed in extrajudicial executions during and after the conflict, nearly eighty years after the end of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). In the search for, location and unearthing of these unmarked burials, the corpse, the document and the oral testimony have become key traces through which to demand the recognition of past Francoist crimes, which were never atoned, from a lukewarm Spanish state and judiciary. These have become objects of evidence against the politics of silence entertained by national institutions since the transition to democracy. Working alongside archaeologists, historians, memory activists and families, this book explores how new versions of the history of the killings are constructed at the cross-roads between science, history and family experience. It does so considering the workings of truth-seeking in the absence of criminal justice and the effects of the process on Spanish collective memory and identity.


About the authors

Zahira Aragüete-Toribio is currently Postdoctoral Researcher in the ‘Right to Truth, Truth(s) through Rights: Mass Crimes Impunity and Transitional Justice’ project funded by the Swiss National Fund and hosted at the Law Department of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

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“In this timely volume, Zahira Aragüete-Toribio examines civil society forensic exhumations of Spanish Civil War dead in Extremadura, the region of western Spain where the author grew up. … a major ethnographic contribution to the ways forensic science prompts new historical imaginations in the twenty-first century. Anthropologists, human rights scholars, and anyone interested in the increasingly contested terrain of historical production will find many provocative insights throughout this compelling text.” (Jonah S. Rubin, EuropeNow, europenowjournal.org, October, 2018)​

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-61270-6
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-61269-0
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-87038-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Producing History in Spanish Civil War Exhumations
Book Subtitle
From the Archive to the Grave
Authors
Series Title
World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61270-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61270-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61269-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87038-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 257
Number of Illustrations
21 b/w illustrations
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