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An excellent introduction to Franco's rise to power and his four decades as autocratic head of state in Spain.
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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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582437531
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/25/2000
  • Series: Profiles In Power Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

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



1. From Galicia to Castile and Back (1892-1912).

2. Africa, Madrid, Zaragoza (1912-31).

3. The Second Republic (1931-36).

4. The Civil War (1936-39).

5. 'Franco's Peace' (1939-42).

6. Weathering the Storm (1943-49).

7. The 'Sentry of the West' (1950-60).

8. The Twilight of the God (1960-75).

9. The Beginning of the Post-Franco Era.


Bibliographical Essay.

Map of Spain and Morocco.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    franco was franco

    This is a good introductory Franco book. I was a bit put off by the slant against Franco by the author, though. Franco remains elusive. I think even King Juan Carlos may not really have known the inner Franco in all the years he was acqaunted with the Caudillo. I recommend this book for it's brevity and conciseness.

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