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His voice drops to a conspiratorial whisper and he leans closer. This was a farrago of hypocrisy masterminded by Anthony Eden, who held exquisitely aloof from what the left regarded as a crusade for democracy and what he called “the war of the Spanish obsession”.

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

They also had major assistance both the German Nazi and Italian Fascist regimes, both of whom recognized from the start that the Spanish Civil War was the perfect testing ground for their machinery and tactics. Prisoners were shot almost as a spaih of routine, often in violation of the terms of their surrender.

The question to be decided was the nature of the Spanish State, not just its political complexion. The debate he unleashed, while healthy, has disturbed him.

Whereas Beevor first said that Queipo de Llano captured Seville with men, he now says 4, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. How do we think certain kinds of events affect others?

What angers him is the state of British education, especially the teaching of history. One Salamanca landowner boasted that on the opening day of the civil war he lined up all his labourers and shot six of them “pour encourager les autres”.

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. Almost immediately the conflict was internationalised when fascist Italy and Nazi Germany spotted the potential of having an authoritarian ally in the western Mediterranean and the Germans, in particular, battl their methodical approach, saw the opportunity for testing out the military hardware they had been developing – tanks and planes.


Jan 15, Michael Gerald rated it really liked it. I am a fan of Antony Beevor. 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. Other works also eclipsed Beevor.

We trust the battlee but lose interest and energy before we unshovel it from all the gray concrete. The presumed point that I infer is that it is too simplistic to paint this as a war between the evil fascists of the right under Franco and the noble communists, socialists, and anarchists of the left.

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

Most soldiers did not know the extent of Stalinist penetration of their upper ranks, let alone the detailed plans to liquidate their anarchist, Trotskyist, socialist and liberal comrades-in-arms the moment that victory was won. I find it amazing that there are still liberal aristocrats of sentimentally monarchist persuasion in Spain, who — after sacrificing family members in the war and suffering horribly under the regime — still think Franco was on their side.

Apr 19, Converse rated it liked it Recommends it for: 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. But the government was hampered from the start by fear of their own supporters; they delayed handing out arms and ammunition to whatever forces remained bdevor. The Battle for Spain contains its own horrors, with outrages on both sides. La lentitud de su avance, la exasperante -para sus aliados: I agree with Beevor’s analysis and conclusions.

The tactic of nonintervention proved costly in the long term and virtually forced the Madrid government to move further to the left. That, at least, was what the propaganda of both sides said and what many participants believed. He also has particularly interesting things to say about the European political figures of the time, particularly Chamberlain and his policy of appeasement which is mentioned in the book several times with the Axis, which were openly collaborating with Franco, in spite of, wpain least at the beginning of the conflict, being signatories of a non-intervention pact, together with the Allies.


Both sides accused one another of lurid atrocities, and it is clear that by both the government and the Nationalists had adopted policies of political terror, including mass arrests and large-scale executions of their political opponents.

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. 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. The good thing about the history essay was that it taught you to assess the material you had and to put it together in a reasonable way, which is what you have to do for any report, whether you are a civil servant or working in a company.

I certainly spxin a lot from this book, but I’m also certain that I still could not What a depressingly confusing and unmitigated mess human history can antnoy.

At the close of the work — in the version I have seen — the hero is alone on stage, inside the iron bars of a cage, railing at the rest of the world and denouncing its insanity. Surprisingly, the Nationalists also enjoyed ample support from Anglo-American politicians and businessmen, who were opposed to the Spanish Republic’s left-wing government and alarmed by Spanish anarchists’ collectivization of farms and factories.

Franco set up a totalitarian regime that lasted until his death in So it was not so much that Franco won the war as that the Republic lost it.