Skeletons in the Closet, Skeletons in the Ground: Repression, Victimization and Humiliation in a Small Andalusian Town - The Human Consequences of the Spanish Civil War

Skeletons in the Closet, Skeletons in the Ground: Repression, Victimization and Humiliation in a Small Andalusian Town - The Human Consequences of the Spanish Civil War

by Richard Barker

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Skeletons in the Closet, Skeletons in the Ground: Repression, Victimization and Humiliation in a Small Andalusian Town - The Human Consequences of the Spanish Civil War by Richard Barker

This book examines the human consequences (individual, social, cultural, and economic) of civil war and political repression in Castilleja del Campo, a town in southern Spain with barely more than 600 inhabitants today. The narrow geographical focus allows for a coherent chronological narrative with relevance to current public issues such as the unequal distribution of wealth, political polarization, the violation of human rights, government surveillance of civilian populations, and extra-legal detentions, torture and executions.

The declarations of eyewitnesses are complemented by personal documents, contemporary newspaper accounts, and documents from the town's municipal archive and other archives in the province of Seville. The work presents the events from the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic in April 1931 onward from multiple points of view and analyzes the interactions among a gallery of characters: Republican and pro-Franco mayors and councilmen; union leaders and affiliates; members of the fascist inspired Spanish Falange; the schoolteacher; the priest; widows and orphans of the men who were shot; administrators and managers of the estates of the nobles; shaved women paraded through the streets; combatants; day-laborers; civil guards; black marketeers; prisoners. Placing these characters and events in their provincial, regional, and national context, the town becomes a microcosm that reflects the experience of Spain during those traumatic years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845195366
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Richard Barker is Spanish Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Skeletons in the Closet is an adaptation in English of his book El largo trauma de un pueblo andaluz (Castilleja del Campo, Sevilla: Ayuntamiento, 2007). He has also published Fugitive from Spanish Fascism: A Memoir by Miguel Domínguez Soler (Stevens Point, WI: Cornerstone Press, 2010), a translation.

Table of Contents

The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies ix

Foreword Francisco Espinosa Maestre xii

Preface xviii

Acknowledgments xxvi

Part 1 Republic

1 The First Republican Biennium 3

2 The Black Biennium 19

3 The Popular Front 27

4 July 19 to July 24, 1936 45

Part 2 Repression

5 July 25 to August 27, 1936 57

6 August 28 to September 14, 1936 68

7 Other Castilleja del Campo Victims of the Repression 103

Part 3 War

8 Men of Castilleja del Campo Go to War 113

9 Men of Castilleja del Campo in the War 126

10 In the Town during the War 146

11 From Civil War to Uncivil Peace 159

Part 4 Postwar

12 Years of Hunger and Decades of Poverty 177

13 Repression in the Postwar 193

14 The Endless Postwar 212

Epilogue 223

Appendixes

A Women of Castilleja Who Were Publicly Humiliated 235

B Men of Castilleja Killed in the Repression 236

C Sources of Information on the Victims 240

D List of Ex-combatants 251

E The Ex-combatants Who Were Interviewed 254

F Ex-combatants with a Brother Who Had Been Shot 256

G Town Council Minutes, October 24, 1936, Items 1 and 5 257

H Widows and Orphans of Castilleja del Campo's Victims 259

I Eugenio Pozo de la Cueva's Prison Poem to his Son 261

Sources and Bibliography 263

Photographs and Documents 269

Dramatis Personae: A Biographical Index 272

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