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Trajectories and legacies
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This concluding chapter reiterates that the ‘routes’ to the Spanish republican exile in France are to be found in the refugees’ reactions to the interactive, spatial, and temporal dynamics of daily life. In the course of the discussion, the chapter draws attention to a number of issues. A symbiotic approach to history and memory is useful for understanding just how deeply refugees were affected by their arrival and subsequent relations in France. Secondly, the relationship between asylum and the economy is highlighted along with the ways in which the Spanish republicans sought to maintain a degree of agency over the type, place and conditions of work.

This chapter closes with the issue of memory. More particularly, it questions the prominence of Gaullist and (French) resistance discourses at the Liberation by drawing attention to the array of French-Spanish republican commemorative events which occurred at the local level. It then outlines the legacy of the Spanish republicans’ remembrance practices in contemporary France and the accompanying transnational dynamic.

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The routes to exile

France and the Spanish Civil War refugees, 1939–2009


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