National Prize for the History of Spain 2021 for Antonio José Díaz Rodríguez


The jury has chosen The curial market. Bulls and business between Rome and the Iberian world in the Modern Age by Antonio José Díaz Rodríguez “for being a careful and rigorous investigation with a poetic air that sheds light and brings us closer to a little-studied and sometimes hidden reality.” In addition, Díaz Rodríguez “broadens the field of science and contextualizes the social and political dynamics addressed, contributing to the economic and financial history some episodes that arouse the interest of readers, going beyond the purely economic.”


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The winner is a doctor in History from the University of Córdoba, where he is a professor in the Department of Modern, Contemporary and American History. Between 2013 and 2017 he developed his work as a researcher at the University of Évora, where he coordinated the Research Group ‘Societies, Powers and Identities’ and to which he remains linked as an integrated member of the Scientific Council. Since March 2017, he has been a contracted researcher for the Juan de la Cierva-Incorporation Program at the University of Córdoba. Simultaneously, he directs the Permanent Seminary of Historical Dissemination “The Archive of Time” and is deputy director of the Laboratory for Judeoconverted Studies.

The jury has been made up of: Octavio Ruiz-Manjón Cabeza, appointed by the Royal Academy of History; José Manuel Gutiérrez Sánchez, for the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando; José Luis García Delgado, for the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences; María Consuelo Juanto Jiménez, for the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation; Diego Ramírez Sarrió, for the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences; José Luis Gómez Urdáñez, for the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE); María de los Ángeles Iglesias Bello, for the Federation of Associations of Journalists of Spain (FAPE); Marta Irurozqui Victoriano, from the Institute of History of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC); María CruzRomeo Mateo, for the Association of Contemporary History (AHC) of the Autonomous University of Madrid; Ángel Duarte Montserrat, for the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies (CEPC); Almudena Hernando Gonzalo, for the Feminist Research Institute of the Complutense University of Madrid; Eusebio Fernández García, for the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Fernando del Rey Reguillo, award-winning author in the 2020 call.

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