The Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil War

by Antony Beevor

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141001487
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2001
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

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
Bibliography and Sources293
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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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!