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Joan Reglà i Campistol (1917-1973)

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 Joan Reglà i Campistol (Bàscara, Alt Empordà 1917-Sant Cugat del Vallès 1973) was a historian, Philosophy's Doctor of History and degree in law.

He was one of the first disciples of Jaume Vicens i Vives. He collaborated with him for the introduction in the university of the historiographic current of the "School of the Annales" of Marc Bloch and Lucien Febvre.

He began his teaching career at the Universitat de Barcelona where he had studied. He joined the Universitat de València in 1959 as Professor of Modern History at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, where he remained until 1972. During this period he was dean between 1961-1964. The end of his career was carried out at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

His research began as a medievalist and, subsequently, focused on the Modern age.

His passing through the University of Valencia was of vital importance for local historiography, not only for the published works, but also for his teaching at the head of the chair, as he was able to infuse the new promotions of Valencian historians with interest in the investigation of History itself.

His doctoral thesis The valley of Arán until the death of Jaime II (1948) directed by Felipe Mateu and Llopis, that was published under the title France, the crown of Aragon and the Pyrenean border: the fight for the Valley of Arán (XIII-XIV centuries) (1951).

From its abundant bibliography it is possible to emphasize: The modern and contemporary Europe (1956). Felipe II and Catalunya (1956), Vicerois of Catalonia: the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (1956), History of America (1956-1957), Approach to the History of the Valencian Country (1968), Introduction to the history of the Crown of Aragón (1969).

He was Interested in the subject of banditry and wrote Joan Serrallonga: life and myth of the famous bandit (1961), with Joan Fuster Banditry in Catalonia Baroque (1962), and Bandits, pirates and Huguenots (1969).

His contributions are notable to various collective works such as General and Economic History of Spain led by Jaume Vicens Vives, General History of the Middle Ages led by Jose Maria Lacarra, or Introduction to the History of Spain.

The Humanities Library, which bears his name, opened on November 6th, 2002