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It was the anarchist and socialist trade unions which immediately rallied their members, and armed them with whatever was to hand. Although the book An excellent analysis of a conflict in which the Spanish people are the filling in a sandwich, the slices comprising a fight between the extreme right and extreme left.

But there is no reason to assume that the other side would have behaved better.

The Soviet Union and the Spanish Republic. Dec 13, Chris Madden rated it really liked it. It is top-down narrative history at its worst. The Asturias Rising of Octoberin which up to 30, miners attacked the Civil Guard and public buildings and assaulted a military garrison of 1, soldiers, was nothing less than an attempted provincial revolution.

The second question is really another way of putting the first one: It is no doubt invaluable as a reference tool as to what the myriad of factions were doing at any time, but truth is never so neat in practice. However, the first edition was overshadowed by Hugh Thomas’s masterpiece, which had itself been recently revised and enlarged. I have never believed in the sincerity of his own conversion to Catholicism. A number of other British volunteers who fought in Spain one of them is still alive returned home and became Soviet spies operating against the interests of their own country.

So England led the democracies including America in imposing a ban on arms exports to the Spanish government. Mientras tanto, me han dejando con una imagen de un derrumbe moral. Jul 25, Milton Soong added it. Economic reforms were proving inadequate and, in many cases, counterproductive to the depression and rural areas were struck hard.

There are important additions. The collapse of Soviet Communism has led to the release of archival material that proves conclusively just how Stalinist many of the key decision-makers of the Spanish Republic had become, and what they were planning to do if they won. Within a week of the book appearing, it was being discussed at the Spanish Cabinet meetings, all the ministers having read it. I thought it was fantastic. Almost all the supposed peculiarities of Spanish history turn out, in the light of recent research, not to have been unusual at all.


Obviously it was time for someone to write a book correcting this cock-eyed view.

Second, Beevor’s style of writing is poor. He surveys the battlefield like an aerial observer; he reports power struggles like an investigative journalist. He actually said, totally untruthfully: It was lost, and the dividend-drawers all over the world rubbed their hands. A Republican victory after a long war would have turned Spain into a Stalinist satellite, perhaps prolonging dictatorship until the collapse of the Soviet empire.

In the end, I was saddened to read about the innocent victims, though I batyle to admit I was sickened by the Spanish culture that led to this blood bath.

By locating the war in its European and global context, Beevor misses an opportunity to stress the introspective Spanishness of the conflict. The Republic, for its part, received a small amount of aid from Mexico, and about 35, foreign volunteers for its International Brigades.

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War by antony beevor – Telegraph

Yes and no – Its different. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book, whic This “must be” the most balanced account of the Spanish Civil War ever published. The main instigator was not the eventual leader, Francisco Franco, spxin another general, Emilo Mola.

But in the run-up to the elections of Februarythe Socialist leader, Largo Caballero, an old trade unionist, declared: History books Higher education reviews. He seems to put a lot of the blame in the hands of the members of the Communist party both Spanish and advisers sent from the Soviet Union for trying to gain as much power as possible stopping practically at nothing when eliminating political dissidence within the Republican side. The end result was of this affair was devastating to Spain.

Beevor’s characterization of the two sides is generally even-handed, but sometimes he allows his own sympathies to creep in. Antony Beevor began the first version of this book thirty years ago. Beevor ends with the observation that the historian must always end with questions rather than convenient conclusions.


Antony Beevor – the bestselling author of Stalingrad and Berlin: After the nationalist rebel uprising led by General Franco, the global players weighed in with their own agendas. The narration is dry, just imagine “general xxx- never spoken before in the book- went to city yyy- never spoken before in the book, and you have no idea how the city is- and fought zzz leftist republican movement there”.

General Franco possessed political cunning, but his limitations as a commander drove his German and Italian mentors to despair.

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The Beevorised version

Anrony goes into extensive detailed about the formation and the makeup of the factions and parties within Spain. Every facet of the conflict is approached, from propaganda to the bumbling meddling from Mussolini. Many liberals sided with Franco, because in Spain the liberal tradition has always been centralizing, whereas devolutionist agendas span Right and Left.

Whereas Beevor first said that Queipo de Llano captured Seville with men, he now says 4, The book is well constructed, and very readable, suffering only from the author’s mild tendency to repeat the lessons he wishes the reader to retain, in a schoolmasterish fashion.

There is no reason to assume that they wouldn’t have behaved as their fellows spaln in North Korea or in Eastern Europe.

The battle for Spain, by Antony Beevor

Keine neuen Perspektiven, aber solides Handwerk. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Beevog the Republic could have had a hand in its own downfall is a bitter pill for the Spanish to swallow, and Beevor admits he braced himself for criticism when the book was published there last September.

You have no idea how Spain is, at most Antony describes Madrid as some very centralist, conservative and poor place.