The Spanish Civil War

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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 ...
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Overview

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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It is a rare book which cannot be supplemented, and Antony Beevor writes with insight and skill. —The Sunday Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141001487
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/3/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
I Their Most Catholic Majesties 9
II Royal Exit 17
III The Second Republic 27
IV The Popular Front 39
V The Generals' Rising 51
VI The Struggle for Control 62
VII The Atrocities 69
VIII The Nationalist Zone 79
IX The Republican Zone 85
X The Army of Africa and the Militia 97
XI Arms and the Diplomats 109
XII Sovereign States 117
XIII Soviet Advisers and the International Brigades 122
XIV The Battle for Madrid 129
XV The Metamorphosis of the War 141
XVI The Jarama and Guadalajara Offensives 151
XVII The War in the North 160
XVIII The Propaganda War 172
XIX Dissidents and Heretics 180
XX The Brunete Offensive and the Mediterranean 195
XXI The War in Aragon and the Consolidation of Communist Power 205
XXII The Winter Fighting of Teruel and the Nationalist Drive for the Sea 215
XXIII Uncertainty Across Europe 224
XXIV The Battle of the Ebro 233
XXV Defeat in the East 240
XXVI The Fall of Catalonia 246
XXVII The Anti-Communist Coup and the End of the War 252
XXVIII The 'New Spain' 259
XXIX The Fate of the Defeated and the Guerrilla Resistance 266
XXX The Legacy of the War 279
Political Parties, Groupings and Organizations 285
Chronology 288
Bibliography and Sources 293
Index 303
Maps
Stages of the War, July 1936-July 1938 68
Operations of the Army of Africa, August-September 1936 100
The Defence of Madrid, November 1936 135
Battle of the Jarama, February 1937 152
Guadalajara Offensive (with Battle of Brihuega), March 1937 157
Conquest of Vizcaya, Spring 1937 163
Battle of Brunete, July 1937 197
Nationalist Reduction of Aragon, February-July 1938 221
Battle of the Ebro, 25 July 1938 236
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2005

    The Spanish civil war in a nutshell!

    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!

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