The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July is causing much reflection in Spain at the moment, and perhaps it ought to prompt some here, too. The common perception of that devastating three-year struggle is of a crusade against Fascism in which idealistic young writers and workers from all over the world joined International Brigades in a brave but ultimately doomed struggle to save democracy. Their defeat presaged a world war. Antony Beevor - the bestselling author of Stalingrad and Berlin: The Downfall as well as an earlier book on the Spanish Civil War - believes it is time radically to reinterpret the conflict. There have been several hundred learned treatises written about every aspect of the struggle, which Beevor synthesises here to alter substantially our view of what happened. There are also huge numbers of new documents available, such as the diary of the ruthless Luftwaffe commander in Spain, Colonel Wolfram von Richthofen, who wrote on April 28, 'Guernica must be totally destroyed.
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The civil war that tore Spain apart between and and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica.
Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.
The bestselling historian of our times, Antony Beevor made his name with the books Stalingrad and Berlin which recount Soviet-German conflict during WWII, making judicious use of previously un-seen Soviet archive material. Known for his vivid narrative accounts of Twentieth-Century military conflicts, his primary interest is in revisiting and re-evaluating the Second World War; recent volumes including D-Day and a history of the war from an Eastern perspective, The Second World War.
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The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
This book is the revised edition of Beevor's book, first published in the s, about the Spanish Civil War. After the fall of the monarchy in the early s and substantial political conflict in the new republic with various left wing groups attempting local uprisings and using inflammatory language, in July of a number of generals launched a coup attempt against the republic. The main instigator was not the eventual leader, Francisco Franco, but another general, Emilo Mola. Franco rap. Franco rapidly became the leading figure, in part because he commanded the only really competent part of the Spanish army, the part deployed in Morocco and consequently experienced in warfare against the local inhabitants. One thing that surprised me was that the nationalists controlled about a third of Spain within a couple of weeks after their coup.
The Battle for Spain
Like the bitter conflict in Iraq today, the Spanish civil war was pathologically vicious. Religious fanaticism, political separatism and foreign intervention inflamed the violence in both cases. But it was aggravated in Spain by other factors, notably virulent class hatred. Half the nation went to bed hungry each night and anarchists said that "the sins of the old corrupt system can only be washed away in blood".
The Beevorised version
A prototype version of this book was researched in the late s soon after the death of General Franco and was published in So much new material has emerged in the intervening 23 years and so many new archive documents have become available, that a new attempt became necessary. He wanted a new general history for the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in After five months in the top ten, it sold more than 50, copies in hardback. In December , the book received the La Vanguardia prize for non-fiction.
The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by antony beevor