July 27, 2021

The historian and hispanist Gabriel Jackson dies

The historian and hispanist Gabriel Jackson died this Sunday at the age of 98 in Ashland, Oregon. The death of a writer, known for his publications on the history of Spain and especially on the Spanish Civil War, has been announced on Twitter by the director of Editorial Crítica, Carmen Esteban.

Born into a Jewish family on March 10, 1921 in Mount Vernon (New York), 1 2 graduated in History and Literature in 1942 at Harvard College. Scholarship in Mexico in 1942, he then came into contact with Spanish culture through conversations with Republican exiles.

It is considered authority in the period of the Second Spanish Republic and the Spanish Civil War. He also reflected on the interwar economic problems, the rise of fascism and the conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. Jackson tenaciously defended the figure of Juan Negrin.

Retired, in 1983 he moved to Barcelona.7 10

Jackson adhered to the manifesto "Document on the use of the official languages ​​of Catalonia" promoted by the Babel Forum and made public on April 30, 1997, dissident of the linguistic policies promoted by the government of Catalonia American by birth, acquired Spanish nationality in 2005.

He returned to the United States in 2010 after residing 26 years in Barcelona.

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