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


B.A. Florida Atlantic University
M.A. Florida Atlantic University
Ph.D. Florida State University


José E. Alvarez began teaching at UHD in 1996. He holds a Certificate in Military History from the United States Military Academy at West Point and is an Academic Fellow of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Dr. Alvarez teaches courses on World History, 20th Century European History, Middle Eastern History, and U.S. History. In addition, he has served as co-faculty advisor for UHD’s Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society.

Scholarly Interest

José E. Alvarez is a military historian whose research focuses on the elite military units of the Spanish Army in the 20th century (i.e., the Spanish Foreign Legion and the Regulares). He is the author of The Betrothed of Death: The Spanish Foreign Legion During the Rif Rebellion, 1920-1927 (Greenwood Press, 2001), which was selected as a History Book Club selection for 2001. He has made numerous presentations at the Society for Military History’s annual meetings as well as at those of the Missouri Valley History Conference. He is currently writing a book on the role of the “Army of Africa” during the first year of the Spanish Civil War.

Scholarly Activities

The Betrothed of Death: The Spanish Foreign Legion During the Rif Rebellion, 1920-1927 (Greenwood Press, 2001).

“From Empire to Republic: The Spanish Army, 1898-1931,” in 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 a Foreword by Stanley G. Payne. Praeger Security International, 2007: 37-52.

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

“Between Gallipoli and D-Day: Alhucemas, 1925,” Journal of Military History. Volume 63, Number 1, (January 1999): 75-98.

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