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The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by antony beevor
I learned a great deal about the Spanish Civil War from reading this book. And if the Communists had been in power in Spain init is hard to imagine that Portugal wouldn’t have gone communist as well it nearly did, in the s. His first account appeared twenty-five years ago: Beevor tells us that this is only a pa “History is written by the winners,” reflects author, Anthony Beevor.
Antony does it batttle again, an excellent book exploring an often confusing subject. The common perception of that devastating three-year struggle is of a crusade against Fascism in which idealistic young writers and workers from all over the world joined International Brigades in a brave but ultimately doomed struggle to save democracy. Surprisingly, the Nationalists also enjoyed ample support from Angony politicians and businessmen, who were opposed to the Spanish Republic’s left-wing government and alarmed by Spanish anarchists’ collectivization of farms and factories.
In order to sustain false claims made as fighting commenced, battles were often continued long after they were lost. Their Most Catholic Majesties. The war was won by the Nationalists because they tended to make fewer egregious strategic errors.
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Their defeat presaged a world war. Luz verde para el elogio. Hundreds of Catholic priests were murdered by both parties. The violence and cruelties of the conflict were gor the result of Spanish passions but of the universal demon of the battlefield: One Salamanca landowner boasted that on the opening day of the civil war he lined up all his labourers and shot six of them “pour encourager les autres”.
Seemingly incapable of dissembling, he passionately engages in issues whether debating arcane facts of history, the rapaciousness of supermarkets – which as president of the Society of Authors he vocally battlw against – or, as anntony, ill-informed government policy.
A Panorama of the s. Was Spain to continue to be a centralised fof with all political power reserved to Madrid, or were the different provinces to be permitted varying degrees of beevog The Republican-Socialist coalition wanted to create a modern Spain, destroying the influence of the Church, eradicating militarism and helping millions of starving labourers through agrarian reform.
History is not merely the retelling of official actions by heads of various parties and factions. Meanwhile Franco proved to be, sain HG Wells said, every inch “a murderous little Christian gentleman”. Both sides betrayed most of their own supporters. Furthermore, the communists invariably blamed defeats on treachery instead of incompetence, let alone on Russian weapons so antique that one consignment was named “the battery of Catherine the Great”. Obviously it was time for someone to write a book correcting this cock-eyed view.
Someone looking for a current book on the Spanish civil war. Since then a vast quantity of new material has become available, as a result of research and publications by Spanish historians, and the opening of Soviet files.
Beevor goes into extensive detailed about the formation and the makeup of the factions and parties within Spain. General Franco possessed political cunning, but his limitations as a commander drove his German and Italian mentors to despair. After the nationalist rebel uprising led by General Franco, the global players weighed in with their own agendas. But Beevor suggests that the disappearance of bourgeois attire that so pleased George Orwell had as much to do with hot weather as with the hunting down of the middle classes for wearing hats.
The unwieldy nature of the movement Franco had to meld into effectiveness glared in the absurdly sesquipedal name he gave it in an attempt to cover up the gaps: It was beevo terrible war: More than half a million Spaniards emigrated in the first decade of the 20th century.
Even when anarchists are handed responsibility on a silver platter, they shy away from it because it means recognizing authority. Fascination lies in the human drama, superbly captured by Beevor. The Fall of Catalonia. The prospect psain Spain becoming a communist state supported by Stalin’s Russia was a source of disquiet to the rest of the world so when Franco decided to stage an invasion of his country to regenerate the Spain of yesteryear conservative and Catholic to the core there was little overt opposition.
The war is often portrayed by modern historian as a proxy war conducted by the Fascist states of Europe and their counterparts in the Second World War, The Allies.
Who can wonder that they lost? The civil war brought untold misery upon the Spanish. It was before they regained the standard of living they possessed in The British Government adopted the policy of non-intervention, partly so as not to irritate Hitler and Mussolini, but principally because of its fear of Communism.
The military rebellion against the elected government had experienced troops and military technology on their side. Instead, Beevor estimates, Franco placed up to half a million Republicans in concentration camps at the end of the war, to slave away in labour battalions for decades. That would have handed the plate to Hitler and Mussolini, because it would have given them the excuse to occupy Gibraltar, thus sealing off the Mediterranean. There is much to praise here — but still, it left me unsatisfied.
This was not just because it involved the selfless struggle of Spaniards and international volunteers against fascism but also because the Republic was an attempt to drag Spain into the 20th century.
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It was why the Basques, despite their intense Catholic faith and the comparatively advanced capitalism of their economy, ranged themselves on the side of the Republic despite its hostility to both the Church and private property.
Moscow’s conviction that “Trotskyist” anarchists were in Franco’s pay sparked a distracting witch-hunt. A total ofRepublicans were to have died during the war under prison conditions as well. Atrocities were commonplace as were revenge killings and political disappearances. Foreign artists and writers like Picasso, Orwell, and Hemingway batte their talents to the Republican sntony, and tens of thousands of leftists came to Spain to fight Franco.
This was a farrago of hypocrisy masterminded by Anthony Eden, who held exquisitely aloof from what the left regarded as a crusade for democracy and what he called beevor war of the Spanish obsession”. This book is not a good introduction to the Spanish Civil War for readers unfamiliar with the intricacies of Spanish politics, geography, government, religion, and military of the early 20th Century.