A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Battle of Arnhem To mark the 70th anniversary. To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War’s outbreak, Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter. The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July Antony Beevor – the bestselling author of Stalingrad and Berlin: The.

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Second, Beevor’s style of writing is poor. Estas son grandes preguntas, que este libro no dirigirse.

Most of its foreign support, however, came from the Soviet Union, and came with a great deal of political baggage. Beevor is alert to the key role that propaganda played in the conflict. However, the first edition was spanisj by Hugh Thomas’s masterpiece, which had itself been recently revised and enlarged.

Beevor shows how many bad generals there were on both sides, including Franco himself. Arms and the Diplomats. This gives civll a good basis for working out the next part of the job, forming and testing hypotheses that may better explain the events and so help us understand other phenomena that may or may not be comparable factional conflict in Iraq today, for example — or Ukraine.

The Socialists, Marxists who were themselves divided between the Stalinists and Trotskyitesliberal-democrats, peasant parties, Christian-socialists, home army brass and anarchists more and less supported the shaky government while monarchists, colonial army officers, nationalists and factions within the Bdevor hierarchy were deeply hostile.

The Republic, for its part, received a small amount of aid from Mexico, and about 35, foreign volunteers for its International Brigades. The republicanosa farrago of Basques, fifteen shades of anarchists and socialists, international-visaged Communists utterly subverted and sacrificed by the Cominternand the motley but laughable International Brigades, suffered from every imaginable deficiency save a surfeit of ideological internecine squabbling and general bad luck.

The prospect of Spain becoming a communist state supported by Stalin’s Russia was a source of disquiet to wr rest of the world so when Franco decided to stage an invasion of his country to regenerate the Spain of yesteryear conservative and Catholic to the core there was little overt opposition. The Battle and the Resistance.


The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

It was the anarchist and socialist trade unions which immediately rallied their members, and armed them with whatever was to hand. Franco set up a totalitarian antomy that lasted until his death in For the most part these fail to discuss the revolution within the civil war, the thousands of collectives or the role of atnony anarchists. The myriad of allegiances, factions, groups and political parties quickly envelope the reader in a morass of acronyms and Spanish names that required frequent visits to the acronym list graciously provided by Beevor in the beginning of the book.

Someone looking for a current book on the Spanish civil war. These groups included the anarchist movement and trade unions, especially in Catalonia, antoby Basques, the “official” communist party supported by the Soviet Union, the other communist party lead by a former follower of Trotsky, the classical liberal parties, and the socialist party, which was in effect taken control of by the “official” communists.

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War by Antony Beevor

The War of Two Spains. Hundreds of Catholic priests were murdered by hhe parties. It was well illustrated – indeed, the first edition had more and better photographs than the present book. The Route to Disaster. It would be like trying to understand US history only through headlines in a newspaper and official political announcements by the government and political parties.

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by antony beevor

While the plotters succeeded in capturing western Andalusia and driving north to the suburbs of Madrid, the Spanish government retained the loyalty of its navy, which made it difficult for Franco and his colleagues to bring in their troops from North Africa.

He also shows the duplicity of Hermann Goring and other Nazis, selling weapons to the Republicans while wiping them out with the Luftwaffe. The major emphasis was on blind obedience to orders, with frequent executions of those who resisted. Jan 15, Michael Gerald rated it really liked it. Brave volunteers from all over the world rushed into Spain, most to fight against the fascists; and yet their zeal was squandered by careless leadership.


Mass murders and executions were perpetrated on each side. So Antony Beevor’s revised history of the civil war, which vividly anatomises a state and a society in the process of disintegration, is a tract for our times.

Do read it if you want to know what humanity is capable of at its worst. In the space of a short review there is no room for discussing all the key areas in this book but worth mentioning is his discussion of the militias and the conventional army. The Battle for Spain, which covers the Spanish Civil War, is a jaw dropping, mind blowing look at a clusterfck in motion. The cultural changes during the first, left-liberal government of the Republicespecially the increasing political and civil consciousness of many women, had a lot to do with the repression during the second, right-wing government of the Republic and the intensity of political conflict in the months between the election of a new, further left government January and the rising of Franco and other generals July To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

It was quite astonishing to discover that Herman Goring supplied arms to the Republicans that were used to fight German soldiers on the Nationalist side. Beevor acknowledges that Italy and Germany provided very important aid to the Nationalists when meant that the Repulicans could never have hoped to win a conventional war.

I certainly learned a lot from this book, but I’m also certain that I still civio not What a depressingly confusing and unmitigated mess human history can be. The Battle for the Antoony.