Ronald Fraser (1930-2012)

February 15, 2012

Ronald Fraser. Photo Carles Francesc

The historian Ronald Fraser, author Blood of Spain, has died in Spain, where he lived. Blood of Spain, Tariq Ali writes in The Guardian, “is a peerless account of the Spanish civil war, carefully constructed from interviews with participants on both sides”:

Conducted with a steady and consistently courteous voice, the book helped establish oral history as a discipline in its own right. Ronnie disliked the description – “as though it were a category of historiography on a par with ‘economic’ or ‘political’ history rather than what it actually is: the creation of new sources to further historical research.”

Fraser was closely involved with the The New Left Review and Verso; more from Ali’s obit here. Julián Casanova’s El País tribute to Fraser is here.