Iker Saitua Basque Government Postdoctoral Fellow in History, University of California, Riverside Bargaining Chip: The Basque Sheepherder Question and U.S.-Spanish Relations during the early Cold War, 1945-1954

In the early postwar period, while United States and Spain maintained chilly political relations, they forged economic and military links in the face of the realities of the Cold War. Francisco Franco’s Spain used and reinforced its anticommunist ideology to advance its foreign relations with the United States and obtain economic aid. Amidst the changing international situation, the question of Basque immigration to the United States drew the attention of Franco’s regime. By then, the sheep industry of the American West demanded Basque immigrant labor. This lecture explores how the Francoist regime manipulated Basque immigration issue for its own political and economic advantage in the early Cold War era.


Thursday, March 7 at 2:30pm to 4:00am

Humanities & Social Sciences Building, HMNSS 2212 English Conference Room

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