Spanish Civil War topics

Numerous themes and topics come up on the tour depending on the day, the participants the questions and our current interests.


  • Land owning patterns in pre-war Spain
  • Regional differences 
  • The 1936 People’s Olympiad
  • Origins of the war

Ideological differences on the left



  • POUM
  • ERC
  • PC / PSUC – the Communist party
  • PSOE

The military coup


The conflict 

The homefront

  • The bombing of Gernika (and Picasso’s painting and the Republican pavillion at the 1937 Paris World Fair 
  • The bombing of Barcelona

Britain and the Spanish Civil War

The International Brigades

International state responses

  • Germany
  • Italy
  • USSR

Art and culture 

  • International journalists
  • Photography and the Spanish Civil War
  • Robert Capa
  • Gerda Taro
  • Kati Horna
  • Margaret Michaelis
  • Art and the Spanish Civil War
  • Music and songs and the Spanish Civil War
  • Paul Robeson in Spain
  • Poster art
  • Goya
  • Dalí 
  • Cinema 
  • Federico García Lorca
  • Hemingway
  • Martha Gelhorn
  • Laurie Lee
  • Football
  • Languages 

Children and the Spanish Civil War



  • Marina Ginestà
  • Dolores Ibárruri – La Pasionaria 


  • The fall of Barcelona to Franco’s army
  • Francoism: repression and violence
  • Francisco Franco
  • The Falange 
  • Cinema during the Franco regime 

Neighborhoods of Barcelona 

  • Poble-sec and Montjuïc 

Elsewhere in Spain

  • Madrid
  • The Basque Country 


  • The Transition to democracy
  • Memory wars of the Spanish Civil War today