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Ignacio García de Paso

Pearsall Fellow

Ignacio is a historian of Modern Europe in a global context, with a special interest in nineteenth-century revolutions. His research project as a Pearsall Fellow at the IHR is titled ‘Waves of Revolution: The 1848 Revolutions in Maritime Perspective’, and aims to develop a global perspective of the revolutionary cycle by focusing on sea mobilities.

Ignacio's Research

Ignacio’s research focuses on nineteenth-century global history, with a focus on the 1848 revolutions. His research interests focus on revolutionary mobilities, transnational activism, popular politicisation, and empire building. Ignacio carried out his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence, where his thesis “The Storms of 1848: the Global Revolutions in Spain” was submitted in 2021. In his thesis, he used the case study of the Spanish Empire to trace the global connections of 1848, paying special attention to the intersections between the revolutionary cycle and empire building. Throughout his PhD, he has been a researcher at the Centre d’Histoire du XIXe Siècle (Université de Paris 1 Sorbonne-Panthéon) and a fellow at the Leibniz Institut für Europäische Geschichte (Mainz).

During his year as Pearsall Fellow, Ignacio will approach the study of the 1848 revolutions’ maritime dimension by using the trajectories of several ships as case studies. From a global micro-historical perspective, the transits followed by these vessels will allow the research to re-spatialize the revolutionary cycle and move away from Euro-centred narratives. Furthermore, this approach will expose the entanglements that existed during the 1848 revolutionary period across a wide range of topics that include settler colonialism, transnational arms trafficking, and imperial propaganda.


‘The Iberian Democratic Club: Exile, Nation and Republicanism in 1848’, in Catherine Brice, ed., Exile and the Circulation of Political Practices (Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars, 2020), 136-150

‘El 1848 español. ¿Una excepción europea?’, Ayer, 106/2 (2017), 185-206