The Collapse of the Spanish Republic, 1933-1936: Origins of the Civil War

The Collapse of the Spanish Republic, 1933-1936: Origins of the Civil War

by Stanley G. Payne
     
 

This book focuses on the short but crucial period that led to the collapse of the Spanish Republic and set the stage for the ensuing civil war. Stanley G. Payne, an internationally known scholar of modern Spanish history, details the political shifts that occurred from 1933 to 1936 and examines the actions and inactions of key actors during these years. Using their

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This book focuses on the short but crucial period that led to the collapse of the Spanish Republic and set the stage for the ensuing civil war. Stanley G. Payne, an internationally known scholar of modern Spanish history, details the political shifts that occurred from 1933 to 1936 and examines the actions and inactions of key actors during these years. Using their own memoirs, speeches, and declarations, he challenges previous perceptions of various major players, including President Alcalá Zamora.
 
The breakdown of political coalitions and the internal rifts between Spain’s bourgeois and labor classes sparked many instances of violent dissent in the mid-1930s. The book addresses the election of 1933 and the destabilizing insurrection that followed, Alcalá Zamora's failed attempts to control the major parties, and the backlash that resulted.  The alliances of the socialist left with communism and the right with fascism are also explored, as is the role of forces outside Spain in spurring the violence that eventually exploded into war.  
 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300110654
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/11/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
922,998
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.31(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................ix
Introduction: The Problem of Representative Government in Spain....................1
1 The Republican Project....................8
2 The Turning Point of the Republic: 1933....................26
3 The Revolutionary Insurrection of 1934....................52
4 A Conservative Republic? 1934-1935....................96
5 Frustration of the Parliamentary System....................118
6 Toward the Popular Front....................140
7 The Elections of February 1936....................170
8 The Left Returns to Power: February-March 1936....................185
9 The Left Consolidates Power: March-May 1936....................215
10 Breaking Down: May-June 1936....................248
11 Competing Utopias: The Revolutionary Movements in the Spring of 1936....................273
12 The Final Phase: May-July 1936....................294
13 The Military Conspiracy....................308
14 The Assassination of Calvo Sotelo....................319
Conclusion: Could the Breakdown Have Been Avoided?....................339
Notes....................369
Index....................411

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