Cultural Diplomacy. 100 years of history of the BritishSpanish Society
- Posted by Jonny hough
- On November 23, 2015
To mark its Centenary, The BritishSpanish Society is proud to announce the publication by the award winning University of Liverpool Press of the Society’s bilingual history by a scholarship winner Dr Luis G. Martínez del Campo (Paperback format in English and Spanish). Retail: £15 excluding p&p (royalties to the Society Centenary Fund).
Order your copy now by emailing email@example.com or write to The BritishSpanish Society, 7 New Quebec Street, London W1H 7RH.
Britain and Spain led the two greatest Empires of the modern era, with perhaps the most important legacy that their two languages are amongst the most widely spoken in the modern world. Yet the relationship between these two cultural giants has not always been straightforward. The founding of the BritishSpanish Society has its origins in 1916 as the Anglo-Spanish League of Friendship which was founded during the First World War by a group of British academics, students and businessmen. It was a means of reaching out in social, cultural and trade friendship with their Spanish counterparts at a time when Spain’s official neutrality seemed to be edging closer towards Germany. Subsequently known as the Anglo-Spanish Society, and finally the BritishSpanish Society, its members continued to promote these objectives after that particular war had come to an end. Much has changed since then, with an ever-shifting political and diplomatic environment affecting the relations between Britain and Spain, but throughout this the core values of the Society have remained constant. This fascinating book , filled with fascinating characters from spies to eccentric academics, from entrepreneurs to ambassadors, tells the story for the first time of an organisation at the heart of the relationship between two of Europe’s major powers. It will be compulsory reading for those interested in the process of ‘soft diplomacy’ but above all for those interested in the relationship between Spain and Britain.
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