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Franco's Internationalists: Social Experts and Spain's Search for Legitimacy

David Brydan


This book tells the story of the experts who sold the idea of Franco’s ‘social state’. Despite the repression, violence, and social hardship which characterized Spanish life in the 1940s and 1950s, the Franco regime sought to win popular support by promoting its apparent commitment to social justice. This book reveals the vital role which the idea of the social state also played in the regime’s ongoing search for international legitimacy. It shows how social experts, particularly those working in the fields of public health, medicine, and social insurance, were at the forefront of efforts to p ... More

Keywords: internationalism, international organizations, international health, Franco’s Spain, Francoism, Franco regime, Spanish history, fascism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198834595
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198834595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Brydan, author
Lecturer in the History of Modern International Relations, King's College London