Ricardo Carvalho Calero

Ricardo Carvalho Calero

Ricardo Carvalho Calero

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Ricardo Carvalho Calero (Ferrol, 1910 - Compostela, 1990) was a Spanish philologist, academic and writer. He was the first Professor of Galician Language and Literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He was one of the main theorists of contemporary reintegracionism and his works on this field are considered a primary reference. Many consider Carvalho Calero as one of the most prominent figures of the twentieth century Galician intellectuality.

Youth and first involvement in politics

In his student years Carvalho Calero participated in the Spanish left-wing republican movements opposing the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera. In 1926 he moves to Santiago de Compostela to study the degrees of Law and Philosophy and do the (compulsory) military service. It is there when he gets acquainted with the ideas of Galicianism and his political activism becomes an integral part of his life thereof.

In the late 1920s, he became friends with Soviet spy Ignace Reiss while the latter was stationed in Amsterdam through mutual artist friends.

In 1931 he joins the Partido Galeguista ("Galicianist Party") and contributes to the draft of the first Galician Statute of Autonomy alongside intellectuals such as Castelao. He also collaborated with left-wing nationalist organizations such as Esquerda Galeguista ("Galician Left") and with political publications such as Claridade ("Clarity") and Ser ("To Be"). He...
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