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Danny Kowalsky was born in Burns, Oregon in 1966. He read history and classics with Joseph Fracchia at the University of Oregon, before taking an MA in European history at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he studied with Robert Kern and Charles McClelland. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working under the tutelage of Stanley G. Payne. The doctorate in hand in spring 2001, he took successive lecturing posts in the history departments at Washington University in St Louis, The American University in Cairo and the University of Bristol. He became a permanent member of the Queen's staff in summer 2005.


Relevant Websites

Stalin and the Spanish Civil War Interactive e-book published by Columbia University Press, 2004
www.gutenberg-e.org/kod01/ (access with user: coy password: empire)

La Unión Soviética y la Guerra Civil Española: Una revision crítica Castilian version of revised dissertation, published by Editorial Crítica, 2003

Articles published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2000-2002

History in Dispute: The Spanish Civil War New anthology of the Spanish conflict, co-authored with Kenneth W. Estes Published by St. James Press in January 2005

Research Statement

A specialist in 20th-century Spain and interwar diplomatic history, Danny's thesis focused on Soviet involvement in the Spanish Civil War, and was awarded the American Historical Association's Gutenberg-e Prize in 2001. The revised manuscript was published on both sides of the Atlantic: with Columbia University Press, and Editorial Crítica, in 2003 and 2004, respectively. He co-edited a textbook of new research on the Spanish Civil War for St. James Press in 2005. From 2005-2010, he was series editor for the Soviet and Finnish volumes on British documents on foreign affairs. The author of many chapters and articles on aspects of the war in Spain, he is now completing two book projects: Decree and power, an expansion of his earlier work on Soviet participation in the Spanish Civil War (Routledge) and Interwar Originals: Europeans making History, an interpretation of interwar Europe through biographical vignettes.  In addition to his teaching and publication schedule, Danny is a regular participant in research seminars at Paris IV/Sorbonne, the Cañada Blanch Centre/London School of Economics and the Casa Velazquez-Madrid. As a guest speaker, he has appeared at universities throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Oceania.


Dr Daniel Kowalsy teaches on the following programmes / modules:

History and Memory of the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 (HIS3013) History and Memory of the Spanish Civil War

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Research Output

From Marginalization to Mobilization: The Soviet Union and the Spanish Republic, 18 July - 31 December 1936

Kowalsky, D., 2018, Spain 1936: Year Zero. Rein, R. & Thomas, J. M. (eds.). Eastbourne: Sussex Academic Press, p. 152-173 21 p. (Sussex Studies in Spanish History).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Revisiting Operation X: Stalin and the Spanish Republic, 1936-1939

    Kowalsky, D., 2018, Desde la Capital de la Repúblic: Nuevas perspectivas y estudios sobre la guerra civil española. Valero Gómez, S. & García Carrión, M. (eds.). Valencia, Spain: Universitat de Valencia , p. 45-66 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Exporting Soviet Commemoration: The Spanish Civil War and the October Revolution, 1936-1939

    Kowalsky, D., Aug 2017, The International Echoes of the Commemorations of the October Revolution, 1918-1990. Fayet, J-F., Prezioso, S. & Gorin, V. (eds.). Lawrence & Wishart

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    La Pasionaria

    Kowalsky, D., Sep 2010, The Mexican Suitcase: The Rediscovered Spanish Civil War Negatives of Capa, Chim, and Taro.. Young, C. (ed.). Gerhard Steidl Verlag, p. 50-55 6 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Invited talk

    Imagining Children and Conflict

    Daniel Kowalsky (Participant)
    01 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    A New Historiography of Stalin and the Spanish Civil War: 2000-2020

    Daniel Kowalsky (Advisor)
    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk