Franco

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Over a century after his birth in 1892, almost twenty years after his death in 1975, Francisco Franco remains an intensely controversial figure. His key role in the Civil War, which brought him supreme military and political power in Spain and the deep and enduring suspicion and hostility of much of the wider world, has tended to overshadow his subsequent career of four decades as autocratic Head of State in Spain. The shear longevity of his hold on power is astonishing: he survived the fall of the fascist ...
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United Kingdom 1994 Hard Cover Very Good Ex-college Library in Very Good jacket Usual school library markings, inclusing protective, laminated jacket & card poket on inside ... back cover. Spine is tight; pgs are unmarked. A very nice, sturdy copy. Over a century after his birth in 1892, almost twenty years after his death in 1975, Francisco Franco remains an intensely controversial figure. His key role in the Civil War, which brought him supreme military and political power in Spain and the deep and enduring suspicion and hostility of much of the wider world, has tended to overshadow his subsequent career of four decades as autocratic Head of State in Spain. The shear longevity of his hold on power is astonishing: he survived the fall of the fascist regimes of Hitler and Mussolini; his repressive measures were successful both in holding Spain down and in holding it together; he achieved a measure of political accommodation with the western democratic powers; and he died in his bed, bequeathing power only at Read more Show Less

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Over a century after his birth in 1892, almost twenty years after his death in 1975, Francisco Franco remains an intensely controversial figure. His key role in the Civil War, which brought him supreme military and political power in Spain and the deep and enduring suspicion and hostility of much of the wider world, has tended to overshadow his subsequent career of four decades as autocratic Head of State in Spain. The shear longevity of his hold on power is astonishing: he survived the fall of the fascist regimes of Hitler and Mussolini; his repressive measures were successful both in holding Spain down and in holding it together; he achieved a measure of political accommodation with the western democratic powers; and he died in his bed, bequeathing power only at the last moment to his chosen (albeit very different) successor. Yet - pious, cautious, conservative and narrow-minded - he was not obviously a prepossessing or charismatic figure, or even someone with a ready-made power-base on which to build. How did such a man rise to such power? What use did he make of it? What were the formative influences on him? Did he have a consistent vision for Spain? If so, how far was he able to realize it? These are questions which Sheelagh Ellwood addresses in this crisp and incisive survey - the latest, and very welcome, addition to the distinguished series of Profiles in Power. She sets her central figure in the context of the social, economic and political evolution of twentieth-century Spain, as it struggled to overcome the loss of imperial grandeur and recover both national confidence and international prestige. Indeed, her concern throughout is as much with the country as the man, as she examines the special circumstances in Spain that made Franco's career both possible and so long-enduring. The book draws on a wide variety of Spanish and other sources, and on Dr Ellwood's own research and observation carried out over 20 years. It offers critical interpretation as
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Ellwood (research analyst for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London) analyzes the special circumstances in Spain that made Franco's long-enduring career as autocratic Head of State possible. Set in the context of the social, economic and political evolution of 20th Century Spain, she looks at the personal characteristics that enabled him to take advantage of those circumstances despite his not being a prepossessing or charismatic figure, nor a leader with a ready-made power base. Topics include how Franco rose to such power; what use he made of it; what the formative influences on him were; and whether he had a consistent vision for Spain and if so, how far he was able to realize it. Reprint of the 1994 edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582218796
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Profiles in Power Series
  • Pages: 272

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Sheelagh Elwood is research analysis for the Iberian Peninsula in the Research and Analysis Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Glossary
Ch. 1 From Galicia to Castile and back (1892-1912) 1
Ch. 2 Africa, Madrid, Zaragoza (1912-31) 10
Ch. 3 The Second Republic (1931-36) 41
Ch. 4 The Civil War (1936-39) 72
Ch. 5 'Franco's Peace' (1939-42) 108
Ch. 6 Weathering the Storm (1943-49) 133
Ch. 7 The 'Sentry of the West' (1950-60) 155
Ch. 8 The Twilight of the God (1960-75) 187
Ch. 9 The Beginning of the Post-Franco Era 215
Chronology 231
Bibliographical Essay 237
Map of Spain and Morocco 244
Index 246
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