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Photo of J. AlverezJosé E. Alvarez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Office: N-1017

Education: BA, 1977, Florida Atlantic University; MA, 1981, Florida Atlantic University; PhD, 1995, Florida State University.




A Military History of Modern Spain: From the Napoleonic Era to the International War on Terror. Edited by Wayne H. Bowen and José E. Alvarez, with Foreword by Stanley G. Payne. (Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2007).

The Betrothed of Death: The Spanish Foreign Legion During the Rif Rebellion, 1920-1927. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001). A History Book Club selection for 2001.

“The Spanish Foreign Legion during the Asturian Uprising of October 1934” War in History. Issue 18:2, April 2011, 200-224.

“The Rif Rebellion in Morocco: A Nationalist-Religious Revolt.” Military History—Digital Journal, May 2010, 1-12. (

Aguilas Aztecas: The Mexican Air Force During WWII.” Military History—Digital Journal, April 2009, 1-14. (

“You have come to die!” The Origin of the Spanish Foreign Legion.” Savage and Soldier, Volume XXV #1, January-March 2006, 5-21.

“Between Gallipoli and D-Day: Alhucemas, 1925” The Journal of Military History. Published by VMI in Vol. 63, No. 1, January 1999, 75-98.

“Tank Warfare During the Rif Rebellion, 1921-1927,” ARMOR, January-February 1997, 26-28.

Research Interests: 20th century Spanish military history; the Spanish Foreign Legion; and low intensity warfare. Faculty Advisor--  Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society. 


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