In booth #132 of the Parque del Buen Retiro FAES, at Madrid’s Book Fair


    _ Canovas, Maura and Silvela, the first books of the series with which FAES retrieves liberal-conservative figures

FAES Foundation will attend the 72 edition of Madrid’s Book Fair, where Carlos DardéJosé María Marco and Luis Arranz Notarioauthor of biographies of Cánovas, Maura and Silvela recently published by Gota a Gota, will sign copies of their books. The next date is on Friday, June 7, at the Parque del Buen Retiro.

FAES launched on Monday 27, at the Congress of Deputies, the new book series ofPolitical Biographies_, dedicated to the work and thoughts of some of the most relevant figures of the Spanish liberal-conservative tradition. The first three titles correspond to the figures of Antonio Cánovas del Castillo (_Cánovas y el liberalismo conservador, by Carlos Dardé), Antonio Maura (Maura. La política pura, by José María Marco), and Francisco Silvela (.Silvela. Entre el liberalismo y el regeneracionismo, by Luis Arranz Notario).

The first author to attend the Fair, on Friday, May 31, has been Carlos Dardé, who signed copies in the booth of Antes bookshop. On Sunday, June 2 the three authors have signed in the booth of Nebli bookshop, and will be there again on Friday, 7, this time in the booth of Diálogo bookshop (#132) from 19:00 to 21:00 pm.

Written by Carlos Dardé, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Cantabria,Cánovas y el liberalismo conservador offers a comprehensive view of Malaga’s politician, historian and essayist, architect 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 the conservative spirit.

This biography, prepared by Professor of International Relations at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas José María Marco, offers the reader a close-up of Antonio Maura (1853-1925), promoter of the Constitutional Monarchy’s democratisation. The pages of Maura. La política pura, retrieve the politican 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.

Luis Arranz Notario, Professor of History of Social and Political Movements of the Complutense University of Madrid, tries to highlight the roots, and the significance of Francisco Silvela (1843 -1905). in the book Silvela. Entre el liberalismo y el regeneracionismo. Notario, at the same time, 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.

These three biographical essays show the significance of the role played by Cánovas, Maura and Silvela in the design and consolidation of the Restoration and the constitutional system that emanated from it.Written in a simple and refined style, aimed at a wider audience, not exclusively academic, interested in the political history of contemporary Spain, these books pursue the political careers of these personalities, their personal evolution, their public actions and the context in which they developed, their ideological conception and their relationship with their political opponents.

Details of the biographies (in Spanish) of CanovasMaura and Silvela