The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

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A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall Of Berlin 1945

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War's outbreak, Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter and hard-fought wars of the twentieth century. With new material gleaned from the Russian archives and numerous other sources, this brisk and accessible book (Spain's #1 bestseller for twelve weeks), ...

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Overview

A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall Of Berlin 1945

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War's outbreak, Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter and hard-fought wars of the twentieth century. With new material gleaned from the Russian archives and numerous other sources, this brisk and accessible book (Spain's #1 bestseller for twelve weeks), provides a balanced and penetrating perspective, explaining the tensions that led to this terrible overture to World War II and affording new insights into the war-its causes, course, and consequences.

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Editorial Reviews

John Keegan
It is a rare book which cannot be supplemented, and Antony Beevor writes with insight and skill. —The Sunday Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143037651
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 319,882
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Antony Beevor is the author of a number of histories, including The Fall of Berlin 1945 and Stalingrad, which has been published in twenty-three languages and was awarded the first Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Wolfson History Prize, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
I Their Most Catholic Majesties 9
II Royal Exit 17
III The Second Republic 27
IV The Popular Front 39
V The Generals' Rising 51
VI The Struggle for Control 62
VII The Atrocities 69
VIII The Nationalist Zone 79
IX The Republican Zone 85
X The Army of Africa and the Militia 97
XI Arms and the Diplomats 109
XII Sovereign States 117
XIII Soviet Advisers and the International Brigades 122
XIV The Battle for Madrid 129
XV The Metamorphosis of the War 141
XVI The Jarama and Guadalajara Offensives 151
XVII The War in the North 160
XVIII The Propaganda War 172
XIX Dissidents and Heretics 180
XX The Brunete Offensive and the Mediterranean 195
XXI The War in Aragon and the Consolidation of Communist Power 205
XXII The Winter Fighting of Teruel and the Nationalist Drive for the Sea 215
XXIII Uncertainty Across Europe 224
XXIV The Battle of the Ebro 233
XXV Defeat in the East 240
XXVI The Fall of Catalonia 246
XXVII The Anti-Communist Coup and the End of the War 252
XXVIII The 'New Spain' 259
XXIX The Fate of the Defeated and the Guerrilla Resistance 266
XXX The Legacy of the War 279
Political Parties, Groupings and Organizations 285
Chronology 288
Bibliography and Sources 293
Index 303
Maps
Stages of the War, July 1936-July 1938 68
Operations of the Army of Africa, August-September 1936 100
The Defence of Madrid, November 1936 135
Battle of the Jarama, February 1937 152
Guadalajara Offensive (with Battle of Brihuega), March 1937 157
Conquest of Vizcaya, Spring 1937 163
Battle of Brunete, July 1937 197
Nationalist Reduction of Aragon, February-July 1938 221
Battle of the Ebro, 25 July 1938 236
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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    This author should not pretend to write on history when he is so biased in his world outlook

    I have thrown away the money that this book cost me, and I take it as a good lesson on why B&N has provided us with the ability to download a sample of a book that we may be interested in.
    I am very interested in the Spanish Civil War, and I believe that it offers a great lesson for all democracies in our world as to what blind partisanship and ruthless politicians can do to a nation. Unfortunately this author has such simplistics notions of what a study of history involves that he is blind to his own biases. The book reads more like gossip and hearsay than any seriously researched book on such an immportant subject. Time and again Mr. Beevor dismisses major players, like the Catholic Church, in the Spanish culture with clear biases common to many modern secularist. This is a shame because this bias prevents Mr. Beevor from providing any credible analysis of whhat this particular faction, and others, contributed to this debacle. At the same timme Mr. Beevor is so blind to the claims of the socialist and anarchist groups that he never stops to analyze what it meant to a portion of the population that these groups would impose their worldview on.
    And so, it is sad that this poor "historical" writer has wasted so much paper and ink on something as useless as this book. I doubt that I would consider any of his other masterpieces...
    Compared to Barbara W. Tuchman's works, Mr Beevor should write only historical fiction.
    In short; thank you B&N, next time I will make it a point to sample what I am about to read. Fortunately I bought the ebook version so that at least I was not part of killinng trees in order to read this worthless book.

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    Posted March 9, 2013

    just boring 

    just boring 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    The battle for spain by Anthony Beevar

    The best ever writen a must read, as a genenral workit is broad and deep and covers all sides of that almost forgotten civil war

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