Joshua Newmark


I completed my BA in Combined Honours in Arts (History and Politics) at Durham University (2013-2017), graduating with First-Class Honours. During the 2015-2016 academic year, I was also privileged to undertake an Erasmus exchange year at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. After graduating I spent two years working as an English Language Assistant in the public education system in different parts of Spain, and studied for an MSc in History at the University of Edinburgh (2018-2019), achieving a Distinction. Since October 2020 I have been studying for a PhD at the University of Leeds, funded by the AHRC via the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities DTP. I am administrator for the Edinburgh-Oxford Modern Spanish History Doctoral Seminar, and have also coordinated a reading group for the Iberian and Latin American Anarchism Research Group within the Centre for the History of Ibero-America (Leeds), and organised a Spanish history reading group for postgraduate researchers at the University of Leeds and the University of California, San Diego. I am privileged to be co-supervised in my PhD by Dr Peter Anderson in the School of History and Professor Richard Cleminson in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. 


‘Anarchist Internationalism in Spain: The Mexican Revolution’. Edinburgh-Oxford Modern Spanish History Doctoral Seminar, 5 March 2021

Research interests

My doctoral project examines Spain’s powerful anarchist movement 1910-1939, with a focus on the concept of internationalism. Anarchism in Spain has been the subject of many excellent local studies, emphasising its nature as a culture and practice of resistance which responded to the lived experiences of workers in many urban and rural localities before and during the Spanish Civil War. More recently, the transnational turn has been applied fruitfully to the anarchist movement of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, in Europe and far beyond, highlighting the role of migration, exile, and other cross-border connections in its spread and development. My project is situated at an intermediate level, examining how anarchist activists within Spain engaged with the internationalist aspect of their ideology, to what extent they saw anarchism as a transnational movement and community, and how the global context shaped their thought and actions. As well as deepening our understanding of this important force in contemporary Spanish history, this project looks to ask broader questions about the relationship between ideologies of global justice, activist networks, and the grassroots. Besides modern Spain and anarchism, I am broadly interested in the history of labour, revolution, and social movements.


  • MSc History
  • BA Combined Honours in Arts (History and Politics & International Relations)