The Spanish Civil Warby Antony Beevor
With his thorough and contemporary examination of the Spanish civil war, historian/i>
The Spanish Civil War is a compelling account of one of the most hard-fought and bitter wars of the twentieth century: a war of atrocities and political genocide that was a military testing ground before the Second World War for the Russians, Italians, and Germans.
With his thorough and contemporary examination of the Spanish civil war, historian Antony Beevor unravels the complex events from the coup d'etat which started the war in July of 1936 to the final defeat of the Republicans in 1939. This highly readable account leaves out none of the familiar aspects, exploring them with a clear eye and providing important new insights into the war-its causes, course, and consequences.
Author Biography: Antony Beevor's books include the award-winning Stalingrad. He was educated at Winchester Grenoble University, and Sondhurst, and spent five years in the British Army.
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I have read many a book on the the subject of the Spanish civil war, but I must commend Anthony Beevor's work for being the most thorough and detailed on this piece of twentieth century history. He goes fairly indepth on all facets of the war that cost half a million Spanish dead. Beevor first embarks on a brief general history of the region, the modern day democratic process of Spain, then rewinds to the old monarchy of Alfonso XIII, right through the progressive Second Republic until the subsequent outbreak of hostilities in July 1936. Political infighting, the battles, the weapons, foreign intervention, the tragic episodes of the war - everything is covered right down to the finale in April 1939... and then some! Beevor then goes on to describe the postwar environment commencing with the fate of the defeated, Spanish Republican guerilla operations, and how Franco's police and armed forces complied to the challenge, and ultimately , in closing, he summarizes upon the nature of the conflict itself. This he manages to do within the confines of 320 pages, which also consist of some interesting black and white photographs. The only one minor detail which he failed to elaborate on, however, was in regard to the Assault Guards, the Republic' s police force, which he cites as 'just being an urban equivalent of the Civil Guards'. It would only require a few sentences to illustrate that most of them were pro-socialist and staunchly loyal to the Republic, which organized them in May 1931,(only a month after its proclamation on April 14 of that year), to defend the republican institution and also as a more 'popular' alternative to the very-much despised and cold-hearted Civil Guards, (established in the 18th Century,I believe), the latter' s only concern being that of defending the upper classes and the Church. Aside from this tidbit, however, I strongly impose my recommendation of this excellent work. It should indeed serve as a textbook for world history courses as well as a prominent collection to any historian' s library!