It seeks to disseminate the political thinking of critical politicians in the construction of contemporary Spain FAES launches the book series Political Biographies of Spanish liberal-conservative personalities


    _ Aznar, Posada, Astarloa and Alvarez to launch the series on Monday 27 in the Congress of Deputies

    _ Cánovas, Maura and Silvela, the figures analysed in the first three volumes

    _ Directed by Manuel Alvarez Tardío, it seeks to bring the biographical genre to the general audience

FAES Foundation, through its imprint Gota a Gota, publishes the new book series entitled Biografías Políticas with the purpose of spreading the work and thinking of some of the most important figures in the liberal-conservative tradition of contemporary Spain. The series will be launched by the former Prime Minister of Spain and President of FAESJosé María Aznar, on Monday 27 at the Congress of Deputies. The ceremony will also host the presentations of the president of Congress, Jesus Posada, the MP and director of the Department Constitution and Institutions of FAESIgnacio Astarloa, and the director of the collection, Manuel Alvarez Tardío.

The aim of FAES new book series is to recover the discourse and political action of these personalities, showing how the liberal-conservative Spaniards followed a continuity line for the defence of freedom and progress, while contributing to present political history in a sensible and plural manner, distanced from any form of sectarianism. It also aims to bring the genre of biographical essays to a wider audience, not exclusively academic, interested in the political history of contemporary Spain. The first three volumes are dedicated to Antonio Cánovas del CastilloAntonio Maura and Francisco Silvela, with texts by Carlos DardéJosé María Marco and Luis Arranz, respectively.

FAES published the series Biografías Políticas in order to spread the work and the way of thinking of a selection of Spanish politicians essential for the establishment of contemporary Spain and for the defence of the main tenets of classical-liberalism.

The Foundation also wants these biographies to serve to reconstruct the line of discourse and political action of renowned liberal-conservative Spaniards, showing through the story of their lives the existence of a continuity in the defence of freedom and the progress. It also wants to contribute to a way of presenting the political history of contemporary Spain in a sensible and plural manner, away from sectarianism and parochialism and disassembling or qualifying important topics of the progressive narrative.

The authors of these political biographies are all leading scholars, professors and writers. The texts, refined and simple in style and of less than 200 pages, unfold the political career of each of the biographed, their personal evolution, the story of their public action and the context in which it was developed, their ideology and their relationship with their political opponents.

The first three volumes of the series depict Antonio Cánovas del CastilloAntonio Mauraand Francisco Silvela, all of them former Prime Ministers of Spain. Their respective biographies highlight their role as the architects of the design and consolidation of the Restoration, of the defence of the constitutional system that emanated from it, and of the democratisation project of the Constitutional Monarchy which took place early in the twentieth century.

Cánovas y el liberalismo conservador, written by Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Cantabria Carlos Dardé, offers a comprehensive view of Malaga’s politician, historian and essayist. As one of the architects of the Restoration, Cánovas del Castillo (1828-1897) managed to open a new era in the history of the classical-liberal regime in Spain and applied a realistic and integrating feature to political action which he considered inherent to conservative thinking.

The second volume, Maura. La política pura, has been written by the Professor of International Relations at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas José María Marco. This biography shows the reader one of the essential figures of the Restoration, as a promoter of the democratisation of the Constitutional Monarchy, and remembers the Maura (1853-1925) who was admitted to the Conservative Party convinced that it was the best platform to integrate citizenship into Spanish life, modernise the country and restore its rightful role on the international stage.

The next essay, Silvela. Entre el liberalismo y el regeneracionismo, written by the Professor of History of Thought and of Social and Political Movements of Complutense University of Madrid Luis Arranz Notario, tries to highlight the roots, the size and the significance of Francisco Silvela (1843 -1905). At the same time, it seeks to shed light on the different angles of his short and difficult time in office and recognises the way in which he managed to preserve the Spanish constitutional system, in contrast to the disappointing results of the regenerationist recipes.

the series Biografías Políticas will be enlarged by successive releases of new titles, among others, José CanalejasNicetas Alcalá ZamoraJosé María Gil Robles and Alejandro Lerroux, which will be signed by writers like Stanley PayneSalvador FornerAlvarez Tardío and Roberto Villa.

Details of the biographies (in Spanish) of CánovasMaura and Silvela.