This book is the revised edition of Beevor's book, first published in the s, about the Spanish Civil War. After the fall of the monarchy in the early s and substantial political conflict in the new republic with various left wing groups attempting local uprisings and using inflammatory language, in July of a number of generals launched a coup attempt against the republic. The main instigator was not the eventual leader, Francisco Franco, but another general, Emilo Mola. Franco rap. Franco rapidly became the leading figure, in part because he commanded the only really competent part of the Spanish army, the part deployed in Morocco and consequently experienced in warfare against the local inhabitants. One thing that surprised me was that the nationalists controlled about a third of Spain within a couple of weeks after their coup.
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A prototype version of this book was researched in the late s soon after the death of General Franco and was published in So much new material has emerged in the intervening 23 years and so many new archive documents have become available, that a new attempt became necessary. He wanted a new general history for the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in After five months in the top ten, it sold more than 50, copies in hardback. In December , the book received the La Vanguardia prize for non-fiction.
The book has been a top ten bestseller in seven countries. The structure and the general approach also remain more or less the same. The real difference lies in the detail from new sources, both Spanish and from foreign archives.
The Spanish Civil War, even after all these years, remains one of the most passionately debated conflicts of modern times. Many see it as the opening round of the Second World War.
Some supporters of the Republic still believe that a victory of the left in Spain would have defeated fascism and saved Europe from the horrors to come. Nationalists, on the other hand, argue that the civil war, almost a world war by proxy, was in fact the opening round of the Cold War between western civilisation and Soviet dictatorship.
This book charts not only the course of the war in a fresh light, but illuminates the vicious infighting on both sides. Synopsis A prototype version of this book was researched in the late s soon after the death of General Franco and was published in Reviews Read Less. From the very first moment, Beevor recreates the political climate of the period as if it were a present compelling for everyone.
Problems are debated and destinies played out which affect us and which are important to us. Yet it is in his account of the military operations that Beevor is at his most brilliant. This book is destined for the first rank of general histories of the Civil War. United States Penguin Putnam Inc. Norway N. Germany C. Portugal Bertrand Editora Lda,.
Finland Werner Soderstrom. Sweden Historiska Media. Netherlands Ambo-Anthos. Brazil Editorial Record. Poland Znak. Greece Govostis Publishing S. Korea Gyoyangin Publishers.
The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July is causing much reflection in Spain at the moment, and perhaps it ought to prompt some here, too. 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. Their defeat presaged a world war. Antony Beevor - the bestselling author of Stalingrad and Berlin: The Downfall as well as an earlier book on the Spanish Civil War - believes it is time radically to reinterpret the conflict. There have been several hundred learned treatises written about every aspect of the struggle, which Beevor synthesises here to alter substantially our view of what happened. There are also huge numbers of new documents available, such as the diary of the ruthless Luftwaffe commander in Spain, Colonel Wolfram von Richthofen, who wrote on April 28, 'Guernica must be totally destroyed.
The Battle for Spain
Like the bitter conflict in Iraq today, the Spanish civil war was pathologically vicious. Religious fanaticism, political separatism and foreign intervention inflamed the violence in both cases. But it was aggravated in Spain by other factors, notably virulent class hatred. Half the nation went to bed hungry each night and anarchists said that "the sins of the old corrupt system can only be washed away in blood". The affluent were no less ferocious. 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".