Revealing New Truths about Spain's Violent Past

Perpetrators' Confessions and Victim Exhumations

  • Paloma Aguilar
  • Leigh A. Payne

Part of the St Antony's Series book series (STANTS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Leigh A. Payne, Paloma Aguilar
    Pages 1-22
  3. Leigh A. Payne, Paloma Aguilar
    Pages 23-33
  4. Leigh A. Payne, Paloma Aguilar
    Pages 35-42
  5. Leigh A. Payne, Paloma Aguilar
    Pages 43-56
  6. Leigh A. Payne, Paloma Aguilar
    Pages 57-66
  7. Leigh A. Payne, Paloma Aguilar
    Pages 67-74
  8. Leigh A. Payne, Paloma Aguilar
    Pages 75-87
  9. Leigh A. Payne, Paloma Aguilar
    Pages 89-93
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 95-110

About this book


The foundation of a stable democracy in Spain was built on a settled account:  an agreement that both sides were equally guilty of violence, a consensus to avoid contention, and a pact of oblivion as the pathway to peace and democracy. That foundation is beginning to crack as perpetrators’ confessions upset the silence and exhumations of mass graves unbury new truths. It has become possible, even if not completely socially acceptable, to speak openly about the past, to disclose the testimonies of the victims, and to ask for truth and justice. Contentious coexistence that put political participation, contestation, and expression in practice has begun to emerge. This book analyzes how this recent transformation has occurred. It recognizes that political processes are not always linear and inexorable. Thus, it remains to be seen how far contentious coexistence will go in Spain.


Franco Memory studies Authoritarianism Spanish civil war Political violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Paloma Aguilar
    • 1
  • Leigh A. Payne
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Ciencia PoliticaUNED Departamento de Ciencia PoliticaMadridSpain
  2. 2.St Antony’s CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-56228-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56229-6
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