The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

by Antony Beevor

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ISBN-13: 9780143037651
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 315,269
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst. A regular officer in the 11th Hussars, he served in Germany and England. He has published several novels, and his works of nonfiction include The Spanish Civil War; Crete: The Battle and the Resistance, which won the 1993 Runciman Award; Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942—1943; and Berlin: The Downfall, 1945. With his wife, Artemis Cooper, he wrote Paris: After the Liberation: 1944—1949. His book Stalingrad was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Wolfson History Prize, and the Hawthornden Prize in 1999.

Table of Contents

Introduction7
ITheir Most Catholic Majesties9
IIRoyal Exit17
IIIThe Second Republic27
IVThe Popular Front39
VThe Generals' Rising51
VIThe Struggle for Control62
VIIThe Atrocities69
VIIIThe Nationalist Zone79
IXThe Republican Zone85
XThe Army of Africa and the Militia97
XIArms and the Diplomats109
XIISovereign States117
XIIISoviet Advisers and the International Brigades122
XIVThe Battle for Madrid129
XVThe Metamorphosis of the War141
XVIThe Jarama and Guadalajara Offensives151
XVIIThe War in the North160
XVIIIThe Propaganda War172
XIXDissidents and Heretics180
XXThe Brunete Offensive and the Mediterranean195
XXIThe War in Aragon and the Consolidation of Communist Power205
XXIIThe Winter Fighting of Teruel and the Nationalist Drive for the Sea215
XXIIIUncertainty Across Europe224
XXIVThe Battle of the Ebro233
XXVDefeat in the East240
XXVIThe Fall of Catalonia246
XXVIIThe Anti-Communist Coup and the End of the War252
XXVIIIThe 'New Spain'259
XXIXThe Fate of the Defeated and the Guerrilla Resistance266
XXXThe Legacy of the War279
Political Parties, Groupings and Organizations285
Chronology288
Bibliography and Sources293
Index303
Maps
Stages of the War, July 1936-July 193868
Operations of the Army of Africa, August-September 1936100
The Defence of Madrid, November 1936135
Battle of the Jarama, February 1937152
Guadalajara Offensive (with Battle of Brihuega), March 1937157
Conquest of Vizcaya, Spring 1937163
Battle of Brunete, July 1937197
Nationalist Reduction of Aragon, February-July 1938221
Battle of the Ebro, 25 July 1938236

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This book is destined for the first rank of general histories of the [Spanish] Civil War. (Santos Juliß, El Pafs)

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Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
just boring 
robertg69 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The usual perceptive analysis of Beevor with the latest historical information available. Well written
thierry on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Some books are quite good in that they force you to re-examine your a priori knowledge of an historical episode. This is such a book to me. The Spanish Civil War tore through Spain from 1936 to 1939, pitting a left leaning democratically elected republican government against an uprising of nationalist and reactionary military commanders. It heralded for some the opening salvo of the Second World War, for others it merely was skirmish in the long Cold War, and for others still, it represented the apotheosis and the epilogue of the Spanish Reconquista.In my opinion, the main strength of the book lies in its framing of the War in a very particular historical context: on the eve of the Second World War, nationalistic authoritarianism and fascism were perceived by democracies as less of a threat to stability than communism. Democratic nations feared a communist inspired regime in Spain and acted in accordance with that analysis, thus denying support to the Republic, effecting an arms embargo, disregarding the involvement the axis powers. Furthermore, in that light, one can propose a cogent explanation for the actions of Franco and the Junta, set in a historical, ideological and global context.Naturally the author does not condone the military usurpation of a democratic regime (nor do I - Franco¿s tomb deserves to be pissed on), and goes at length to catalog the cleansing and killing on both sides. One expects communists and anarchists to be killed in the nationalist zones, but what surprised me was the scope of the slaughter within the republican areas. Fanned by Moscow, the ideological dissentions between communists, socialists, trotskyists, anarchists, syndicalists, and the overarching ideological orthodoxy which drove military decision making were the main reasons for the fall of the Republic, more than the campaigns of unified nationalists, reliant on allies¿ manpower and technology.This aspect was wonderfully clarified by the author, as were the military campaigns of the conflict. The author¿s fluency in portraying the various battles of the conflict is evident ¿ and he relied on a range of historical documents, from reports of Commissars and other foreigners to accounts of ground troops. Furthermore, the fact that so many literary figures took stances in this conflict does help by adding another layer of perspective.If I were to offer some criticism, I would put forth that the book does not start strongly, with its style at times a little tenuous. I will also add my usual complaint, which is that the author should have offered more information on the foot soldiers. They often come across as toy soldiers, pawns of great masterminds: however this was a conflict of deeply held convictions, therefore the motivation, the demographics of those who took sides would have illustrative. I understand that poumistas were primarily factor workers, and that requetes were mostly landowning peasants from the North ¿ bringing them, and others to life is good history in my mind.
petrojoh on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A dry but seemingly comprehensive account of a confusing and almost experimental war.
mermao More than 1 year ago
Any military history by Anthony Beevor is worth reading and this one is no exception. I'd rate it up there with Hugh Thomas's history of the Spanish Civil War, maybe giving Thomas an edge on the politics, but Beevor a definite edge on the military aspects.
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The best ever writen a must read, as a genenral workit is broad and deep and covers all sides of that almost forgotten civil war
Monchi More than 1 year ago
I have thrown away the money that this book cost me, and I take it as a good lesson on why B&N has provided us with the ability to download a sample of a book that we may be interested in. I am very interested in the Spanish Civil War, and I believe that it offers a great lesson for all democracies in our world as to what blind partisanship and ruthless politicians can do to a nation. Unfortunately this author has such simplistics notions of what a study of history involves that he is blind to his own biases. The book reads more like gossip and hearsay than any seriously researched book on such an immportant subject. Time and again Mr. Beevor dismisses major players, like the Catholic Church, in the Spanish culture with clear biases common to many modern secularist. This is a shame because this bias prevents Mr. Beevor from providing any credible analysis of whhat this particular faction, and others, contributed to this debacle. At the same timme Mr. Beevor is so blind to the claims of the socialist and anarchist groups that he never stops to analyze what it meant to a portion of the population that these groups would impose their worldview on. And so, it is sad that this poor "historical" writer has wasted so much paper and ink on something as useless as this book. I doubt that I would consider any of his other masterpieces... Compared to Barbara W. Tuchman's works, Mr Beevor should write only historical fiction. In short; thank you B&N, next time I will make it a point to sample what I am about to read. Fortunately I bought the ebook version so that at least I was not part of killinng trees in order to read this worthless book.