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Equally interesting was the detail of modernized use of tanks on the battlefield and the effectiveness of air power via air-ground attack.
After the war, the Nationalists used thetoBartle prisoners as slave labor. Ad hoc coalitions fought the war, drawn together by a mixture of accident and advantage, with little ideological consistency. Like the bitter conflict in Iraq today, the Spanish civil war was pathologically vicious. Far from being admired by the rest of the Republican army, the International Brigades were resented as foreigners and frequently used as cannon fodder to protect the lives of Spaniards.
Antony Beevor illustrates this fact in the last words of his new history: He explains the inaction of Spain’s democratic neighbours France and Britain, and shows how it played into the hands of the Nationalists. The psychopathic General Queipo de Llano, who also encouraged rape, promised to hunt down Republicans without mercy and “if they’re already dead, I shall kill them again”. Essential services antonny organised with astonishing speed although difficulties of food distribution were provoked by the fact that the militias had commandeered all available transport.
The Beevorised version
Both sides committed numerous atrocities against their enemies, real and perceived. The Spanish version is the more complete, but the abridgement for an anglophone readership still contains much that is new.
This produced the ideal grounds for dissent and the setting up of a socialist state, much to the concern of the military of the time. Among the victims were 6, clergy and nuns. He laid the groundwork for the study of the war by giving a fairly detailed history of the decayed Spanish Monarchy and the birth of the Second Spanish Republic in The revision has been on such a scale that this may properly be regarded as a new book.
This internal convulsion did more to ensure Franco’s victory than his own unimaginative generalship.
Was Spain to continue to be a centralised state with all political power reserved to Madrid, or were the different provinces to be permitted varying degrees of autonomy? At one point the radical Left leader Largo Caballero said: Apr 19, Converse rated it liked it Recommends it for: Selected pages Title Page.
In a counter-factual passage Beevor imagines what might have happened had a democracy emerged.
Near the front battlle the book is a useful short synopsis of the various Spanish political parties, and their associated labor unions and youth groups, a list of abbreviations mostly associated the political partiesand maps of the military campaigns. Caballero, carried away by his own rhetoric, began to alarm his new Communist friends. To ask other readers questions about The Battle for Spainplease sign up. The tactic of nonintervention proved costly in the long term and virtually forced the Madrid government to move further to the left.
Corruption was rife, inequalities profound. What I really want to know is—Why? The Spanish Civil War, Piers Brendon’s books include The Dark Valley: What I’m saying is that Beevor, perhaps in pursuit of “completeness” whatever that might beends up providing a level of detail that I found simply indigestible.
It doesn’t really antohy why things happened they way they did. Oct 16, David added it Shelves: Although quite dense and somewhat difficult to read because of the diversity of characters and groups, the narrative of the story almost makes it like a suspense novel.
The unwieldy nature of the movement Franco had to meld into effectiveness glared in the absurdly sesquipedal name he gave it in an attempt to cover up the gaps: His paragraphs are mines of information; he summarizes, offers statistics, gives striking examples. I agree with Beevor’s analysis and conclusions. Abridged books often seem longer than the full spakn because the author’s argument gets mangled as the text gets cut.
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The Basque nationalists who fought for the Republic were mostly clericalist conservatives: It was a struggle between ideologies, in which both the left-wing Spanish government and the besvor insurgents committed atrocities on behalf of their opposing visions; a struggle between politicos and propagandists abroad, who invested the civil war with ideological meaning and cast it as alternatively a last-ditch defense of Christian civilization or a first stand against Fascism; and finally a bloody bwttle between armies and civilians, which killedpeople and ravaged Spain’s landscape and economy.
Much that happened seems unbelievable. Beevor is alert to the key role that propaganda played in the conflict. The longer the fighting lasted, the more certain Nationalist victory became: To understand the impact, imagine a foreign historian revealing that the idea of plucky Britain facing the fascists alone during the Blitz is a myth. Foreign artists and writers like Picasso, Orwell, and Hemingway lent their talents to the Republican cause, and tens of thousands of leftists came to Spain to fight Franco.
The Spanish Civil War To paraphrase Pete Townsend, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss, we got fooled again”. Instead he has to spend inordinate amounts of time explaining the fiendish complexities of Spanish politics, typified by the alphabet soup of initials identifying the various factions, and setting the struggle in its international context. Trivia About The Battle for Sp The affluent were no less ferocious.
The Spanish Civil War still inspires considerable passion because of the popular foreign support that both sides garnered, and the volume of propaganda that they put out. The purges continued for decades, and the orphans of the Republicans were sent to re-education camps. At least 5, Spaniards died as volunteers for Hitler in Russia, thinking they were continuing an anti-Bolshevik crusade.
While, overall, the book is well-organized, I found the colorful and interesting minutia distracting throughout.