New publication on the environmental history of fishing during the Francoist dictatorship in Spain

By Entitle fellow Santiago Gorostiza and Entitle mentor Miquel Ortega

Source: CRAI Biblioteca del Pavelló de la República

The paper ‘The unclaimed latifundium’: the configuration of the Spanish fishing sector under Francoist autarky, 1939–1951, co-authored by Entitle members Santiago Gorostiza and Miquel Ortega, has just been published at the Journal of Historical Geography.

Autarkic ideology and economic policies were central features of the interwar period in Europe. Despite autarky's connection to geographical concepts such as space, resources and population, its historical impact has been relatively little explored in the literature. In this article the authors explore how the concept of ‘autarky’ conflates two etymological meanings: self-sufficiency and authoritarianism. Then , the authors explore this duality by examining the social and economic policies applied to the fishing sector in Francoist Spain between 1939 and 1951.

Santiago Gorostiza is an ENTITLE PhD candidate at Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) of Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal. He is trained both as an Environmental Scientist and as a Historian. He investigates socioenvironmental conflicts during the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist dictatorship.

Miquel Ortega is ENTITLE mentor at the environmental consultancy Environment and Management and researcher at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

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