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1939-1975: the University of Barcelona under the Franco dictatorship

1939-1975: the University of Barcelona under the Franco dictatorship

Damage to the Historic Building during the Civil Warl
  • The Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975) marked the beginning of a period of repression, involving faculty expulsions, the suppression of university autonomy, and the elimination of the Catalan culture and language from academic life.
  • During the period, key actions taken against the regime included initiatives to protect and spread the Catalan culture and language, the establishment of the Democratic Students' Union of the University of Barcelona, and the student occupation of the UB's rector's office in January 1969.
  • Starting in the nineteen-fifties, new UB facilities were built in the district of Pedralbes, including the Faculties of Pharmacy (1957), Law (1958), Fine Arts (1960), Business Sciences (1961), Economics (1967-1968), Physics and Chemistry (1969), Psychology and Education (1970), Philosophy and Geography and History (1970) and Biology (1975).
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