2018

Jaume Claret

Professor at UOC and Director of the Graduate Program in History, Geography and History of Art

Barcelona (Catalonia) / Sant Llorenç des Cardassar (Balearic Islands)

March 2018

Biography —

Jaume Claret is Assistant professor at the Department of Arts and Humanities and Director of the Graduate Program in History, Geography and History of Art at the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya). He graduated in Communication Sciences (UAB, 1996) and in Humanities (UPF, 1998), and he earned a doctorate in History (UPF, 2004). He wrote his PhD on the history of Spanish universities and University policies during the Second Republic, the Civil War and the first Franco’s regime, later published as El atroz desmoche (Crítica, 2006). His research fields are Spanish and Catalan political, cultural and intellectual History (modern and contemporary periods) and is currently the principal investigator of the research project “Regiocat. Regionalism in Catalonia under the Franco regime: speeches and practices”. He is the author of different articles, chapters and books on history, the last ones: Breve historia de las Brigadas Internacionales (La Catarata, 2016) and Pasqual Maragall: pensamiento y acción (RBA, 2017). Member of the editorial board of academic journals (Rubrica Contemporanea and Dictatorships & Democracies), collaborates as a reviewer of essays in the newspaper ARA.

Project —

My stay should allow me to finalize the edition of the memoirs of General Rafael Latorre Roca (1880-1968). Member of the Artillery Weapon, this Spanish, worship, polyglot and well-connected military man maintained, throughout his entire life, a complete and detailed daily about his whereabouts and professional experience. He was against the politicization of the army, but disappointed by the Republic, he united to the rebel side during the civil war. He directed one of the carlistas columns from Pamplona to Bilbao, was appointed military governor of recently occupied Asturias, directed the troops of Teruel to the Mediterranean, was destined briefly to Barcelona and finally to the Moroccan Protectorate. After his retirement, between 1947 and 1957 he directed the Hydrographic Confederation of the Duero and maintained contact with barracks and ministries. His testimony allows us to penetrate the privacy of the military leadership and the Francoist hierarchy, as well as illuminate specific events such as the Pact of Santoña or the fundamental and foundational corruption of the Franco regime. After a first selection and edition of the various notebooks and publications by General Latorre, the original needs a more worked version to publish and to make accessible to specialists and the general public. With this objective I go to the Faber Residence.