Click "Research" for info. on my new edited volume The Crucible of Francoism: Combat, Violence, and Ideology in the Spanish Civil War, co-edited with Ángel Alcalde and Francisco J. Leira-Castiñeira.
I am a historian of modern Europe specializing in Spain and a teacher of the humanities. In my research, I study how the cultures of military institutions in Europe helped to influence the course of the continent’s violent conflicts from 1914-1945 and contributed to the fall of interwar democratic regimes. My research demonstrates that ideas developed by scholars of Nazi Germany on how the culture of a military organization can shape its actions in wartime can also have explanatory power when extended to military police forces and other countries like France and Spain. In so doing, my work establishes continuities between nineteenth-century liberal notions of professionalism, imperialism, and public order and the brutal practices of Europe’s militarized institutions in the first half of the twentieth century.