The Spanish Republic and Civil War

The Spanish Republic and Civil War

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Juliín Casanova
Cambridge University Press, 7/29/2010
EAN 9780521493888, ISBN10: 0521493889

Hardcover, 372 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

The Spanish Civil War has gone down in history for the horrific violence that it generated. The climate of euphoria and hope that greeted the overthrow of the Spanish monarchy was utterly transformed just five years later by a cruel and destructive civil war. Here Julián Casanova, one of Spain's leading historians, offers a magisterial new account of this critical period in Spanish history. He exposes the ways in which the Republic brought into the open simmering tensions between Catholics and hardline anticlericalists, bosses and workers, Church and State, order and revolution. In 1936 these conflicts tipped over into the sacas, paseos and mass killings which are still passionately debated today. The book also explores the decisive role of the international instability of the 1930s in the duration and outcome of the conflict. Franco's victory was in the end a victory for Hitler and Mussolini and for dictatorship over democracy.

Part I. Republic
1. The winds of change
2. The constraints of democracy
3. Order and religion
4. Reshaping the republic
5. The seeds of confrontation
Part II. Civil War
6. From coup d'état to civil war
7. Order, revolution and political violence
8. An international war
9. The republic at war
10. 'Nationalist' Spain
11. Battlefields and rearguard politics
Epilogue. Why did the republic lose the war?

'Julián Casanova is one of the most exciting and innovative historians working in Spain today. His books on the role of the Catholic Church in the Spanish Civil War, on anarchism and on the Francoist repression have earned him an enviable international reputation. In The Spanish Republic and Civil War, his characteristically impressive empirical research is crowned by a lively style adorned with penetrating insights.' Paul Preston, London School of Economics and Political Science