Beatriz Valverde Contreras

Beatriz Valverde Contreras


Beatriz Valverde Contreras has a PhD in History from the Complutense University of Madrid with her award-winning thesis El Imperio Español en el siglo XIX: la memoria de la Historia y la identidad nacional. Characters and deeds of the Modern Age in universal exhibitions and Spanish cultural commemorations, 1875-1905. Her post-doctoral research had different strands: on the one hand, she analyzed social behaviors related to violence and protest, comparatively between Spain and Portugal, between 1885 and 1910. She also researched forced labor in the colony of São Tomé and Príncipe in the 1930s. She has also researched and published on PIDE’s interaction with society in the Azores in the 1950s. She is currently developing a research project on Spain’s role as an observer of the welfare of French prisoners of war held in Germany during the First World War.

Main areas of interest and research: Forced labor in the Portuguese colonies; Forced labor of prisoners of war in Germany during the First World War; Spain’s neutrality during the First World War; Red Cross humanitarianism during the First World War; Comparison of social conflicts between Portugal and Spain at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries; Daily life in Portugal during the Salazar regime.


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Research group(s): Cultural encounters and evasion