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Anna Ross
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University of Warwick
Assistant Professor
34 Cardigan Street


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About My Work
I am currently writing a monograph entitled 'Tetouan: Spanish Imperialism after the Americas, 1912-1956' (funded by the British Academy; Oxford University Press; and the Humanities Research Fund, University of Warwick). Between 1859 and 1912, members of the Spanish monarchy, army, and commercial elite argued for a new era of imperialism Africa, which was somewhat realized with the creation of a protectorate in Morocco. In Morocco, the Spanish marched relatively easily into the northern cities allotted to them and immediately began undertaking activities of defortification and construction. And after a bloody war in the Rif Mountains, the Spanish increased funding to the Protectorate, especially during the Civil War and under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. I examine the construction of the Spanish Protectorate in North Africa over the years 1912-56, embedding it in a larger puzzle of empire building in the region. In doing so, I pay particular attention to the growing desire, culminating under the Franco, for Spain to act as a bridge between Europe and the Arab world.
Tetouan: Spanish Imperialism after the Americas, 1912-1956 (in progress)

Beyond the Barricades: Government and State-Building in Post-Revolutionary Prussia, 1848-58 (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming)

‘Down with the Walls! The Politics of Place in Spanish and German Urban Extension Planning, 1848-1914’, Journal of Modern History (June, 2018)

Book Chapters
‘Photographing Reurbanization in West Berlin, 1977-84,’ in The Ethics of Seeing: 20th Century German Documentary Photography Reconsidered, ed. by Paul Betts, Jennifer Evans, and Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (Oxford: Berghahn, 2018)

‘Post-Revolutionary Politics: The Case of the Prussian Ministry of State,’ in The 1848 Revolutions and European Political Thought, ed. by Douglas Moggach and Gareth Stedman Jones (Cambridge: CUP, 2018)
Professional Associations

I am a historian of modern Germany and modern Spain from an increasingly global perspective. In my first book - Beyond the Barricades: Government and State-Building in Post-revolutionary Prussia, 1848-58 - I investigated the shifting political landscape in German-speaking Europe after the 1848 revolutions. This included an exploration of a whole range of state-building concerns from criminal justice to urban planning. I am currently working on two major projects, one that is quite different to my earlier work and one that extends it. The first looks at modern Spanish imperialism as seen in the building of the city of Tetouan, Morocco from 1912 to 1956. The second returns to my German interests. In addition to these major research projects, I have published comparative histories of urban extension planning after 1848 in Germany and Spain, essays on reurbanization in West Berlin in the 1970s and 1980s, and I am beginning a new article on Spanish architects in Morocco in the late nineteenth century. Common to all my work is an interest in the use of plans, photographs, and material culture for understanding political culture.