Santiago Gorostiza

Santiago Gorostiza
Sciences Po Paris | IEP · Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po (CHSP)

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Introduction
I am an environmental historian working on modern and early modern Spanish history, with training in Political Ecology, Environmental Sciences and History. My research focuses on the environmental history of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the early years of the Francoist dictatorship. I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris. I am currently the Spanish representative at the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH).
Additional affiliations
August 2019 - December 2019
Lund University
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  • Visiting researcher
Description
  • Estancias de movilidad en el extranjero José Castillejo para jóvenes doctores
January 2018 - December 2019
Autonomous University of Barcelona
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  • PostDoc Position
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  • Postdoctoral position at the María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence 2015 (MDM-2015-0552)
October 2012 - December 2017
University of Coimbra
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  • PhD Student
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  • PhD fellowship at the Marie Curie Initial Training Network ENTITLE (European Network of Political Ecology, grant agreement ID: 289374)

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Publications (37)
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Literature on war and the environment has examined a wide range of militarized landscapes, but massive fortification systems such as the Maginot or Siegfried lines, which are symbols of a military trend in vogue during the interwar period, have largely been ignored. These military walls interwove natural and national values and constituted massive...
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This article examines the relation between nation and nature in Spain during the Spanish Civil War and post-war years. As in other European cases of fascist and parafascist regimes, the Francoist regime mobilised nature for political and nationalistic goals. Spanish nature embodied the essences of the ‘true Spain’ and was seen as key to the regener...
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Combining historical climatology and environmental history, this article examines the diverse range of strategies deployed by the city government of Barcelona (Catalonia, NE Spain) to confront the recurrent drought episodes experienced between 1626 and 1650. Our reconstruction of drought in Barcelona for the period 1525-1821, based on pro pluvia ro...
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The everyday difficulties faced by working-class women, including access to food, are aggravated in critical periods, such as wars and economic crises. However, the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was accompanied by a revolution, in the Republican zones, where women opened spaces for their emancipation. By examining social reproduction practices surr...
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La agricultura urbana es clave en momentos en que la seguridad alimentaria se encuentra amenazada, como es el caso de los conflictos bélicos, que alteran los sistemas de producción, conservación, transporte y distribución de alimentos. Durante las dos guerras mundiales, distintos gobiernos movilizaron a la población civil para participar en la prod...
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The history of hydraulic infrastructures is plagued with failures often with catastrophic consequences. Although the agency of water in disasters has been widely documented less well known are the substances in water such as salt that may cause infrastructural collapse and harm humans, flora and fauna. In the Llobregat River Basin (Barcelona), a 12...
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DOSSIER La historia ambiental, ¿de la periferia a la centralidad? https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/rubrica.266
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Around midnight of 9 January 1959, the Vega de Tera dam broke, releasing nearly 8 million cubic metres of water that destroyed the Spanish town of Ribadelago, killing 144 people. To this day, it remains the worst dam-related failure of the past two centuries of Spanish history. In this chapter we expand the time frame of the disaster, moving from a...
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During the Civil War (1936–1939), Spain became a testing ground of military technologies and tactics that were applied during World War II on a much larger scale. Due to artillery bombardment and aerial bombing, Madrid’s urban water supply approached the brink of collapse. The efforts of the workers of the state water company were fundamental to co...
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The scientific literature distinguishes between primary or natural and secondary or human-induced salinization. Assessing this distinction is of vital importance to assign liabilities and responsibilities in pollution cases and for designing the best policy and management actions. In this context, actors interested in downplaying the role of certai...
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Malgrat el seu caràcter especulatiu, la documentació històrica que presenta hipotètics escenaris de futur assenyala clarament les prioritats i les pors dels qui les avaluaren, i pot ser valuosa per a interpretar els moviments diplomàtics i militars dels estats. Aquest és el cas d’un document de l’administració nord-americana del 1947, que preveia u...
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Un elemento acompaña al viaje de forma ineludible: el mapa. Cuando la popularidad de la bicicleta creció durante los últimos años del siglo XIX, la visión del espacio urbano y rural de los ciclistas se plasmó también en una particular cartografía. Mapas para ciclistas, hechos por ciclistas como Joaquim Bordons .
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The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and its consequences in the early years of Francoism is certainly the most discussed topic of Spanish history in the last 80 years. Particularly since the year 2000, the historiography about this era has expanded continuously, intertwined with the emergence of a social movement to recover “historical memory” focuse...
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The mobilization of water has been key for the reconfiguration and modernization of the Spanish state. During the Francoist dictatorship (1939–1975), the hydro-social reengineering of Spain was central to Franco's political mission but failed to provide for subnational, regionalist aspirations which subsequently pursued their own agendas for water...
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Water flows through time are connected to specific instances of socionatural and sociotechnical assemblages of human and non-human components. We propose the concept of “water palimpsest” in order to characterize the complex histories of chemical and metabolic alterations embodied in water flows, potentially disruptive for humans and other living b...
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Questions of dam safety and hazard potential most often do not take center-stage in contestations and articulations concerning large dams. Through a comparative study of two of Europe’s most emblematic dam disasters – Vajont (Italy) and Ribadelago (Spain) – and the ongoing conflict over the safety of the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project in Nor...
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We believe that this publication will be a useful tool for civil society organizations. While there are multiple books on political ecology, all of them are oriented towards an academic audience, either as introductory textbooks (Robbins, 2012) or as comprehensive or partial compilations of state-of-the-art theory and research in the field.
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Autarkic ideology and economic policies were central features of the interwar period in Europe. Despite autarky's connection to geographical concepts such as space, resources and population, its historical impact has been relatively little explored in the literature. In this article, we first present how the concept of ‘autarky’ conflates two etymo...
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This map explores the cooperative and working-class history of the neighborhood of Barceloneta, in Barcelona. It emerged from the book ”La forja solidària d’un barri portuari. La Barceloneta obrera i cooperativa” (2016).
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This paper investigates the critical role of workers to enhance the resilience of water supply services in cities at war through analyzing the case of Madrid and the Madrid water company Canales del Lozoya during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939). We argue that securing the protection of vital urban flows mediated through infrastructures is a key o...
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La extracción de potasa en la región del Bages (España) ha sido la causa de importantes impactos ambientales a lo largo de la historia reciente, como muestra la progresiva salinización de los ríos Cardener y Llobregat. Recientemente, varios proyectos que aumentarán la producción de salmueras y las escombreras de residuos salinos han sido anunciados...
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Compared with work in other European countries, the history of bicycle mobility in Spain is still in its infancy. In pioneering work, some historians have dealt with the nineteenth-century origins of cycling in Spain, particularly its athletic aspects. Other historians have reviewed the main cycling competitions in the country: the Volta a Cataluny...
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From conventional to non conventional resources: the modern water supply of Barcelona The history of water supply in Barcelona parallels the history of its urbanization. In this city, river regulation and the expansion of the supply network towards increasingly distant sources were the norm for many decades. In the paper we offer a succinct account...
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Debates on the total or partial privatization of water usually follow the rationale that efficient and rational management is best left to the private sphere. In this paper and using a historical example, we attempt to assess critically this assumption arguing that efficiency and rationality in resource management are and have been an asset of coll...
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Durant els darrers 25 anys la Residència d’Oficials de l’Exèrcit, a Pedralbes, ha passat desapercebuda. El present article traça els orígens d’aquest edifici, bastida amb les donacions d'empreses, particulars de la ciutat de Barcelona i la del partit Nacionalsocialista Alemany, la seva construcció i usos que va tenir durant la postguerra.
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Despite his importance in the Barcelona banking industry during the first third of the twentieth century, Josep Garí Gimeno has received relatively little attention. In addition to his role as head of the Arnús-Garí bank and several companies, he was close to Francesc Cambó and Joan Ventosa. After fleeing from Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War...
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Ealham, ChrisAnarchism and the city: Revolution and counter-revolution in Barcelona, 1898-1937Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2010, 263 p.ISBN-13: 978-1-84935-012-9

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Water history; collective agriculture; landscape militarization; nature and nation.