Scott Ramsay

Scott Ramsay

Profile

S.Ramsay@leeds.ac.uk

Anglo-Spanish Relations 1930-1940; 20th century Spain; interwar diplomacy in Europe


I graduated from the University of Leeds with a First Class Honours degree in History in 2014 and with a Distinction in MA Modern History in 2015. I worked in Leeds for a year before moving to Valladolid, Spain for a few months to teach English. I returned to Leeds in October 2017 to begin my PhD. While at Leeds, I developed an interest in modern Spanish history, especially the impact of Spain's civil war on British politics and society. My undergraduate dissertation focused on British diplomatic responses to violence in the civil war and my MA dissertation explored Anglo-Spanish relations in the immediate aftermath of the civil war and early Second World War.
 

Research interests

  • 20th century Spain
  • The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
  • The Franco dictatorship 1939-1975
  • European diplomatic history
  • The impact of the Spanish Civil War on British politics and society
  • British Appeasement


Current Research Project


My PhD thesis examines the diplomatic relationship between Britain and Spain during the 1930s and early 1940s. In particular, it focuses on the civil war period (1936-1939) and the development of diplomatic relations between the UK and both sides in the civil war. It places British diplomacy in Spain within the wider policy of general appeasement during the 1930s and seeks to establish continuity in British policy towards Spain before, during and after the civil war. The project draws heavily on British and Spanish archival records, both diplomatic correspondence and the private papers of the individuals involved in formulating British and Spanish foreign policies during this period.


My PhD is supervised by Dr Peter Anderson and Dr Nir Arielli. It is funded by a White Rose College of Arts & Humanities Studentship (WRoCAH / AHRC).

 

Publications


'Ensuring Benevolent Neutrality: the British Government's Appeasement of General Franco during the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939', The International History Review (2018) https://doi.org/10.1080/07075332.2018.1428211

'¿Un régimen en consonancia con los intereses británicos? El reconocimiento de Franco como forma de apaciguamiento', in Desde la capital de la República: Nuevas Perspectivas y Estudios sobre la Guerra Civil Española (Valencia: University of Valencia Press, forthcoming 2018)

Book Reviews

Emily Mason, Democracy, Deeds and Dilemmas: Support for the Spanish Republic within British Civil Society, 1936-1939 (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2017), Journal of Contemporary History (forthcoming, 2018)
 

Conference Papers / Organisation

I am a co-convenor of the White Rose International History & International Relations Research Seminar Series 2018/19. The series funds PGRs and ECRs to present works in progress at regular research seminars at the Universities of Leeds and York. It aims  to foster an inter-disciplinary network between visiting speakers, the organisers and attendees that goes beyond the White Rose institutions. The 2018/19 series will host speakers both from across the UK and abroad, including Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia and Israel. < http://wrocah.ac.uk/student-event/white-rose-international-history-and-international-relations-research-seminar/ >

'Britain and the Continuation of Non-Intervention in Spain, 1939-1940', British International History Group 30th Annual Conference (Exeter, UK, August 2018)


'The Origins of British Non-Intervention in the Spanish Civil War: Foreign Office Perceptions of the Extreme Right in Spain', New Approaches to Twentieth Century Spain. I co-organised this conference as part of the Leeds Centre for the History of Ibero-America's Research Seminar Series 2017/2018. The conference hosted speakers from across the UK and abroad and featured Dr Richard Baxell as keynote speaker (Leeds, UK, May 2018)


'A Regime in Line with British Interests? The British Recognition of Franco as a Form of Appeasement', Desde la capital de la República: Nuevas Perspectivas y Estudios sobre la Guerra Civil Española (Valencia, Spain, October 2017)


'Malevolent Neutrality or Avoiding War? British Neutrality in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939', Conference in War and Peace Studies (Leeds, UK, June 2017)