The Yearbook of Atlantic Studies returns to paper with an extraordinary number that recovers the printed format to pay homage and resituate the figure of the former director of the publication until 2017, the historian Antonio de Bethencourt Massieu. Former students, collaborators and representatives of the centers to which the historian was linked, participate in number 65 of the Yearbook, which was presented last night at the Casa de Colón.
"Don Antonio is like Viera and Clavijo, it belongs to all the Canarians." An affirmation of Manuel de Paz, professor of Modern History of the University of La Laguna which defines the figure and projection of the historian Antonio de Béthencourt Massieu (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1919 -2017). Last night, the Casa de Colón, the house of Don Antonio, was the scene of a choral tribute in memory of the former director of the Yearbook of Atlantic Studies, a role he assumed after the death of Antonio Rumeu de Armas, a historian from Tenerife (1912-2006), on the occasion of the presentation of number 65 of the publication, an extraordinary and printed edition, dedicated to Bethencourt Massieu.
An exceptional volume this number 65 since five years ago the Yearbook abandoned the physical format in a bid for the digital environment, which brings together about 32 signatures of different researchers and researchers from university centers linked to the professional life of Bethencourt Massieu, between they, several of their students: the two Canarian universities, UNED, Seville, Alicante, Carlos III and Navarra, because "where he left his mark", in the words of Manuel Lobo, Professor of Modern History of the ULPGC and current director of the Yearbook.
The presentation of this special issue, of 2,000 pages, and that abounds in areas such as Art, History, Literature, Prehistory or Historiography, among others, counted last night with the presence, in addition to Manuel Lobo and Manuel de Paz Sánchez, with the professor of Modern History of the University of Valencia, Emilia Salvador Esteban; and Maximiano Trapero, professor of Spanish Philology and professor emeritus of the ULPGC. All of them deepened, based on their experience, on the personal and professional profile of Antonio Bethencourt Massieu.
Along with these, the insular councilor of Culture, Carlos Ruiz; the director of Culture, Oswaldo Guerra; and the director of the Casa de Colón, Elena Acosta, among other personalities, wrapped up last night the presentation of the latest issue of the magazine, in an act in which Mª de los Ángeles Ajirón Junquera, widow of Bethencourt Massieu, was also present.
Canary Award to the Historical Archive and professor of Modern History, director of the Chair of Studies of Atlantism of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, it was Antonio Bethencourt Massieu "an enlightened being", as well as Manuel de Paz Sánchez, who was involved in teaching and research until the end of his days in March 2017.
"He was my thesis director and he inspired me a lot and I got a passion for history, he was the old teacher, the one who helps you create, work and research with freedom, I'm proud to be a disciple of his," said Manuel. Peace before the act.
A teacher of historians, respected and admired by those who knew him. "He left a pleiad of historians who have kept the candle of history," said Manuel Lobo. "His wit speaks for itself, and his teaching was consistent with his research," said Wolf of a historian who maintained and enriched the foundational spirit and coordinates of the Yearbook. In the opinion of the director of the publication, "he was interested in both the history in capital letters and the petite of our Islands".
A tribute, in short, to a figure who "was a father as a historian," as Manuel de Paz described it; and of an intellectual who "has marked the modern Canarian historiography", according to Maximiano Trapero: "I was not his student but friend, and I speak from admiration and affection".