Dr Peter Anderson

Dr Peter Anderson


I gained a PhD in history at Royal Holloway, University of London and went on to hold a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at both the Department of International History and the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies at the London School of Economics. I have worked at the University of Leeds since 2012 and during the academic year 2016-17 I was a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow. Currently, I am also a co-editor of European History Quarterly and Director of the Centre for the History of Ibero-America at the University of Leeds.


  • Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
  • Director of the Centre for the History of Ibero-America
  • Co-Editor European History Quarterly

Research interests

I am currently researching child-removal in twentieth-century Spain, including under the Franco regime. In the past, I have also researched British diplomatic and humanitarian responses to the Spanish Civil War, the role of civilian complicity in the Francoist violence during and after the Spanish Civil War as well as the occupation of Spain by General Franco's forces. In addition to this, I have published on refugees from the Spanish Civil War and the history and memory of the International Brigades.


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  • PhD. Modern History

Professional memberships

  • Royal Historical Society

Student education

At undergraduate level, I teach a second-year module on the history of Spain between 1898-1936; a third-year, and two-semester course, on the Spanish Civil War and a third-year module on efforts to come to term with the violence carried out behind the lines by supporters of General Franco. I co-teach a masters course on the history of Spain between 1808-1939 and I supervise a number of PhD students on twentieth-century Spanish history.

Current postgraduate researchers

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