Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Post by Haven » 05 Oct 2015 18:22

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The Politics of Revenge: Fascism & the Military in 20th-century Spain
Paul Preston
Routledge, 1990

The role of the Spanish Right in the course of the 20th-century has been a neglected area of academic study. The Politics of Revenge redresses this, providing a succinct and disturbing account of how the Spanish Right seized power through a bloody civil war in the 1930s, held power for nearly 40 years through the exercise of state terror and then fought to block the return of democracy. This book presents a readable and disturbing analysis of the ruthless and violent political scene. Apart from the brief intervals of the Second Republic (1931-1936) and the post-1977 democratic regime, modern Spain has been dominated by the Right. On the occasions when that dominance has been challenged by the forces of democracy the Right has responded with violence. In 1936, it called upon the military to reimpose it's hegemony though a fierce and bloody civil war. The consequence was 40 years of repressive dictatorship under Franco. Subsequent progress towards the re-establishment of democracy has been punctuated by frequent attempts at military coups.

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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

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Class, Culture & Conflict in Barcelona, 1898-1937
Chris Ealham
Routledge/Canada Blanch Studies on Contemporary Spain
2014

This is a study of social protest and repression in one of the twentieth century's most important revolutionary hotspots. It explains why Barcelona became the undisputed capital of the European anarchist movement and explores the sources of anarchist power in the city. It also places Barcelona at the center of Spain's economic, social, cultural and political life during 1898-1937.

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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Post by Haven » 07 Oct 2015 22:24

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Franco & the Axis Stigma
David Wingeate Pike
Palgrave Macmillan
2008

The German Admiralty's archives in Freiburg, Germany, reveal details of the extent to which Franco collaborated with the Axis both by supplying U-boats in Spanish ports and by setting up observation posts on both sides of the Straits of Gibraltar, to the utter detriment of the British convoys on the Malta route. The German archives also provide evidence that Franco's Blue Division on the eastern front, while illustrious in combat, was disgraceful in German eyes for its behaviour away from the front.

Against a background of major events in Europe and the world in the period 1939-45, Franco and the Axis Stigma provides a systematic examination of the Franco press, in all its four dimensions: Church, military, monarchist and Falangist, representing the four differing expressions of what was then a totalitarian regime. What it reveals is that the regime's yearning for an Axis victory never waned up to the bitter end.

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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Post by MartialPrince » 14 Dec 2015 23:01

Paul Preston's latest effort, from 2012, has received awards. http://www.amazon.com/The-Spanish-Holoc ... 0393345912:

Deeply desired is a book about the Muslim mercenaries, Franco's best soldiers, apart perhaps from the Condor Legion. Is there any book that talks of how heroic there were?

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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Post by von thoma » 11 May 2017 03:56

A tribute to Mr. Hugh Thomas ( 1931-2017 ), always interested in our story, especially in SCW period.
Thanks and R.I.P.
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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Post by rusoviet » 18 Jul 2019 00:49

Great fiction - The Second Son Rabb, Jonathan / The Horseman's Song - Pastor, Ben / A Million Drops, Del Arbol, Victor / Hermanos, Herrick, Willam (a truly unknown gem).

The GRU holding the freighters off the coast until all the gold was in their holds

As Paul Johnson said this war has been the most lavishly praised by the intelligentsia as their 'raison d'etre'. One of the main unidentified 'wreckers' were those thugs that terrorized Mexico in the Cristero War (1926-29) '....well we didn't quite do what we wanted. Hey let's go back to the motherland and stir things up!"

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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Post by Porphyrogenita » 03 Feb 2020 11:18

Hello all - my first book was released a couple of weeks ago and I think it will be of interest to many of you. The People's Army in the Spanish Civil War is a narrative military history of the war from a Republican and International Brigade perspective, with plenty of first-hand testimony and over 50 photos and maps. It provides the most detailed accounts in English of several key battles of the civil war; Brunete, Belchite and Teruel, in my view the most closely fought battles in which the Republic had the best (albeit slim) chance of achieving a victory in the field. It fills a gap in the English-language literature on the war, namely providing a readable combat account of the Republican army and adds the rather sparse literature on the military history of the Spanish conflict. I'm sure enthusiasts for the war will enjoy it and learn something new as well!
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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Post by Sid Guttridge » 03 Feb 2020 13:18

Looks promising. I've ordered it.

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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Post by Felix C » 06 Mar 2020 13:04

Kuznetsov's memoir is available in English.
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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Post by Rivet » 03 May 2020 15:46

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I finished The Victorious Counterrevolution: The Nationalist Effort in the Spanish Civil War, by Michael Seidman (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011) last night. If found it interesting as it covered the topic of how the Nationalist side mobilized support and handled the logistics and finances for their war. It is a bit dry in parts, but overall I found it a good read on a topic not covered deeply elsewhere.
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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Post by liberprieto » 28 Oct 2020 17:00

I absolutely recommend German Military Vehicles in the Spanish Civil War: A Comprehensive Study of the Deployment of German Military Vehicles on the Eve of WW2. It's a deep study of the logistics and combat vehicles that took part in the German contingent that provided help in the Spanish Civil War alongside the Franco troops.

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