Luis Suárez Fernández

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Luis Suárez Fernández (born 25 June 1924 in Gijón) is a Spanish historian, originally a medievalist, who has extended his studies to include modern and recent history. He belongs to a line of Spanish historians that are in full agreement with Francoism.[1]

Work[edit]

Suárez studied philosophy and literature at the universities of Oviedo and Valladolid, receiving his doctorate in history on 16 June 1947 from the University of Madrid. In 1955 he obtained a professorship of Pre- and Universal History of Antiquity and the Middle Ages and General Cultural History (Prehistoria e Historia Universal de las Edades Antigua y Media y de Historia General de la Cultura) at Valladolid, where he rose to the posts of dean (1963) and rector (1965). As recto he founded the first chair in theatre at the university. In 1972 the government made him Director General of Universities and Investigation (Universidades e Investigación).

In 1975 Suárez took up the chair of medieval history at the recently inaugurated Autonomous University of Madrid. That same year he became director of the Escuela Española en Roma de Arqueología e Historia of CSIC, a Spanish cultural society in Rome. He had been chief of the medieval studies section since 1956; he was overall director until 1978. Today, Suárez is a professor emeritus of medieval history in the department of Ancient and Medieval History, Paleography, and Diplomatics (Historia Antigua, Medieval, Paleografía y Diplomática) at the Autonomous University.

Politically right-wing in orientation, Suárez has connexions with the Fundación Francisco Franco, who are alleged to have funded the publication of Francisco Franco y su tiempo (1984). Suárez is also the current president of the Hermandad del Valle de los Caídos. These ties to Francoism have garnered the denunciation of fellow historian Javier Tusell, among others. He authored the hagiographic entry for Francisco Franco in the 2011 Diccionario Biográfico Español, published by the Real Academia de la Historia, which has been denounced by historians as being Francoist propaganda.[1]

Fernández is also an active Roman Catholic and a member of Opus Dei.

He was elected to medalla nº 4 of the Real Academia de la Historia on 7 May 1993, he took up his seat on 23 January 1994.[2]

Recognition[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Documentos acerca de la expulsión de los judíos (1964)
  • Europa: una conciencia historica en la encrucijada (1972)
  • Manual de historia universal (1973)
  • Grandes interpretaciones de la historia (1976)
  • Historia de España antigua y media (1976)
  • Relaciones entre Portugal y Castilla en la época del Infante don Enrique, 1393–1460 (1977)
  • Judíos españoles en la edad media (1980)
  • Francisco Franco y su tiempo (1984)
  • Fernando el católico y Navarra (1985)
  • Los Reyes Católicos (1989)
  • La Época de Franco (1992), with José Andrés Gallego
  • as Instituciones castellano-leonesas y portuguesas antes del Tratado de Tordesillas (1995), with José Ignacio Gutiérrez Nieto
  • Franco, Crónica de Un Tiempo (2003)
  • Principado de Asturias: Un proceso de señorialización regional (2003)
  • Lo que el mundo le debe a España (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marcos, J. M. and CORROTO, P. and JAÉN, B. GARCÍA Los historiadores se alarman ante la hagiografía de Franco in Publico, 30/05/2011
  2. ^ "D. Luis SUÁREZ FERNÁNDEZ" (in Spanish). Real Academia de la Historia. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2016.