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Chris Ealham, Ph.D.

Division of Humanities


Ph. D., History, Queen Mary College, University of London

Research Interests

Chris Ealham a specialist in the 20th century History of Spain and his research focusses on the interplay between urban space, protest and repression. He has a particular interest in labour and radical history, especially that of the anarcho-syndicalist movement, about which he has published two monographs. His first monograph on Barcelona has been translated into Spanish, Catalan and French. He has also written on and participated in contemporary historical debates relating to revisionism and historical memory in Spain. He’s currently working on a new book project, a full biography of anarchist leader, "man of action" and civil war Minister of Justice, Juan García Oliver (under contract with Debate/Random House).  

Publications and Media Placements


Living anarchism: José Peirats and the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist movement, Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2015 (Spanish edition: Alianza, 2015).

Barcelone contre ses habitants 1835 - 1937, quartiers ouvriers de la revolution, Toulouse: Collectif des Métiers De l'Édition, 2014.

Anarchism and the City: Revolution and counter-revolution in Barcelona, 1898-1937, Oakland, CA.: AK Press 2010.

The Splintering of Spain: New Historical Perspectives on the Spanish Civil War, co-edited with Michael Richards; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005 (Spanish edition: Editorial Comares, 2010).
Class, culture and conflict in Barcelona 1898-1937, London: Routledge, 2004 (Spanish edition: Alianza, 2005. French edition: Éditions Agone, 2021. Catalan edition: Virus Editorial, 2022). 

Scholarly Journal Articles

He is the author of 25 scholarly articles in refereed, indexed journals in Spanish, Catalan and English, including International Review of Social History, Historia Social, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Ayer, Contemporary European History and Pasado y Memoria. A collection of these articles in Spanish is being prepared for publication as a book (under contract with Editorial Comares). 
Chapters in Edited Books
He has published over 20 chapters in edited books in the UK, the US, Russia, Italy and Spain.   
Media Work

He has done media work and interviews for RTVE, TVE and TV3 in Spain, the BBC (UK) and the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

He has also published press articles in El cultural (El Mundo), Cultura/s (La Vanguardia) and The Times Higher