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The Spanish Civil War: 1936-1939 Essential Histories


The Spanish Civil War: 1936-1939 Essential Histories

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    Frances Lannon(Author)
The Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 was of enormous international as well as national significance. In this gripping volume, Frances Lannon explains how this internal conflict between democracy and its enemies escalated to involve Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and the Soviet Union. We go behind the scenes to find out the true story of the bitter fighting within the sides, not just between them. The experiences of the men and women caught up in the fighting are highlighted. For them, and for a world on the brink of the Second World War, the stakes were agonisingly high.

"I am most favorably impressed by the Essential Histories series on the American Civil War. Written by four of the best historians of the military course of the war, these volumes provide a lucid and concise narrative of the campaigns in both the Eastern and Western theaters as well as penetrating analyses of strategies and leadership. Ideal for classroom use or fireside reading."

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  • PDF | 96 pages
  • Frances Lannon(Author)
  • Osprey Publishing (18 Oct. 2002)
  • English
  • 8
  • History
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  • By Guest on 14 March 2017

    A good clear summary of causes events and consequencesA little weak in detail initially. Very readableI would recommend it to students and tje general reader

  • By book_barmy on 28 January 2005

    Although I shall confess I have not read this book from cover-to-cover, I can say that I have found it extreamly useful. I initially bought the book to help with my History G.C.S.E. exam, and I purchased it with no prior knowledge to what it really contained.I knew that with all my revision I would not have time to read hundreds of pages on a subject I only need to touch upon lightly, and so I can honestly admit I bought the book primarily for its length. Therefore, I was extreamly happy upon the books arrival when I found out not only was the layout reader-freindly, but the pictures and sources were fantastically helpful.This is definately a book to read if you're looking for subject material or even if you enjoy a bit of light historical reading. I was certainly suprised!

  • By mancsreader on 20 August 2015

    This book is basically an account of battles. So I didn't find it that absorbing. It's good of its kind, but I prefer something which gathers other aspects, social and cultural, in more detail. But if you want a factual list of gains and losses for either side, then it's comprehensive.

  • By Lance Grundy on 4 June 2008

    This book is an excellent introduction to this complicated culture war in which the defenders of property, religion and tradition took up arms against a Republican government committed to social reform, devolution and secularisation.In the early 1930s the Republican government had begun with modest reforms aimed at improving the lot of the country's poor. However, even as early as 1931, the Constituent Assembly approved an amended draft that, while creating a democratic, secular system, also introduced measures which many Spanish people thought an irreligious assault on Spanish tradition. It legalised divorce, permitted the state to expropriate private property for reasons of broader social utility, introduced free, obligatory, secular education for all, dissolved the Jesuits and banned religious communities of nuns, priests and brothers from teaching even in private schools [the unamended draft would have dissolved all religious orders outright]. Many conservatives, including very modest property owners as well as the wealthy, feared that once the balance began to shift so far leftwards revolutionary claims for redistribution of wealth would overwhelm them.As the decade progressed the Republican government - racked by internecine conflicts between socialists, anarchists and communists, began to lose control. Churches and convents were burned and in July 1936 a former Finance Minister was arrested by uniformed police officers, driven away in a police car and shot. His body was left in the public morgue. The killing of a major political leader while in the custody of law enforcement officers was too much for Spanish conservatives. They concluded the government had totally lost control since its own officers were now dealing out summary executions as though the courts did not exist. A military coup - which had been planned for some time, started in Morocco under the leadership of General Franco who had been flown there from the Canary Islands.During the following three years the forces of Spanish conservatism waged what many of them saw as a religious crusade against atheistic communism. Germany, Italy and the Soviet Union were all drawn in to the conflict. Many other countries refused to get involved. Accounts of revolution, expropriations and anti-clerical atrocities in Republican Spain frightened conservatives everywhere. Selling arms to a democratically elected government threatened by military coup was one thing. Aiding an atheistic social revolution that killed priests and landlords was quite another. Franco's eventual triumph became inevitable.

  • By Guest on 30 July 2016

    My description of this work is exactly what it says. It doesn't descend into minute detail but gives a good overview of the precursor to the Second World War for the reader who was as uninformed and interested as myself.

  • By JOESKY9 on 20 July 2015

    I needed to understand the reasons for the civil war but did not wish to go through mountains of political books. This is an excellent starter book which gave me a basic insight into what happened.

  • By Michael on 23 September 2015

    Excellent read, very informative. Describes the complicated political aspects of the war, especially between the Republican forces. A recommended read

  • By Mr B Lacey on 9 April 2015

    This is not an easy read but will repay the effort as it provides a condensed overall view of the conflict. Causes, names, geography and an outline of the progression of the war are all given. A full appreciation of the war will require a good deal of further reading but this book is a most comprehensive start.

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