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Republic of Egos: A Social History of the Spanish Civil War [NOOK Book]

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Most histories of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) have examined major leaders or well-established political and social groups to explore class, gender, and ideological struggles. The war in Spain was marked by momentous conflicts between democracy and dictatorship, Communism and fascism, anarchism and authoritarianism, and Catholicism and anticlericalism that still provoke our fascination.
    In Republic of Egos, Michael Seidman focuses instead on the personal ...

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Republic of Egos: A Social History of the Spanish Civil War

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Overview

Most histories of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) have examined major leaders or well-established political and social groups to explore class, gender, and ideological struggles. The war in Spain was marked by momentous conflicts between democracy and dictatorship, Communism and fascism, anarchism and authoritarianism, and Catholicism and anticlericalism that still provoke our fascination.
    In Republic of Egos, Michael Seidman focuses instead on the personal and individual experiences of the common men and women who were actors in a struggle that defined a generation and helped to shape our world. By examining the roles of anonymous individuals, families, and small groups who fought for their own interests and survival—and not necessarily for an abstract or revolutionary cause—Seidman reveals a powerful but rarely considered pressure on the outcome of history. He shows how price controls and inflation in the Republican zone encouraged peasant hoarding, black marketing, and unrest among urban workers. Soldiers of the Republican Army responded to material shortages by looting, deserting, and fraternizing with the enemy. Seidman’s focus on average, seemingly nonpolitical individuals provides a new vision of both the experience and outcome of the war.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299178635
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 11/23/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 406
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Seidman is professor of history at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington and author of Workers against Work: Labor in Paris and Barcelona during the Popular Fronts.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Bringing Back the Individual 3
1 Militancy 14
2 Opportunism 74
3 Cynicism 155
4 Survival 217
Conclusion 235
Notes 243
Bibliography 279
Index 291
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