Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Postby 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.

Google Books: https://books.google.com/books?id=yqGIAgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Politics+of+Revenge:+Fascism+the+Military&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAGoVChMIorr32OuryAIVw5WICh3oVgOK#v=onepage&q=The%20Politics%20of%20Revenge%3A%20Fascism%20the%20Military&f=false

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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Postby Haven » 06 Oct 2015 02:12

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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.

PDF Copy: https://libcom.org/files/Class,%20Cultu ... lona_0.pdf

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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Postby 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.

A PDF of the Introduction. It will download immediately, as soon as you 'click': https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q ... _6PSci-uOQ

I have the entire book on PDF. -- Haven

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Re: Recommended reading on the Spanish Civil War

Postby MartialPrince » 14 Dec 2015 23:01

Paul Preston's latest effort, from 2012, has received awards. http://www.amazon.com/The-Spanish-Holocaust-Extermination-Twentieth-Century/dp/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

Postby 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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