The definitive work on the Spanish Civil War, a classic of modern historical scholarship and a masterful narrative.
Paul Preston is the world's foremost historian of Spain. This surging history recounts the struggles of the 1936 war in which more than 3,000 Americans took up arms. Tracking the emergence of Francisco Franco's brutal (and, ultimately, extraordinarily durable) fascist dictatorship, Preston assesses the ways in which the Spanish Civil War presaged the Second World War that ensued so rapidly after it.
The attempted social revolution in Spain awakened progressive hopes during the Depression, but the conflict quickly escalated into a new and horrific form of warfare. As Preston shows, the unprecedented levels of brutality were burned into the American consciousness as never before by the revolutionary war reporting of Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Herbert Matthews, Vincent Sheean, Louis Fischer, and many others. Completely revised, including previously unseen material on Franco's treatment of women in wartime prisons, The Spanish Civil War is a classic work on this pivotal epoch in the twentieth century.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Revised and Expanded Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Paul Preston, author of The Spanish Civil War, Franco and Juan Carlos, and The Spanish Holocaust, is the world's foremost historian on twentieth-century Spain. A professor at the London School of Economics, he lives in London.
Table of Contents
List of Plates xi
Map of Spain xiv
Introduction: The Civil War Seventy Years On 1
A Divided Society: Spain Before 1931 17
The Leftist Challenge, 1931-1933 38
Confrontation and Conspiracy, 1934-1936 66
'The Map of Spain Bleeds': From Coup d'Etat to Civil War 102
'Behind the Gentleman's Agreement': The Great Powers Betray Spain 135
'Madrid is the Heart': The Central Epic 163
Politics Behind the Lines: Reaction and Terror in the City of God 199
Politics Behind the Lines: Revolution and Terror in the City of the Devil 229
Defeat by Instalments 266
Franco's Peace 301
Principal Characters 327
List of Abbreviations 331
Biographical Essay 333
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