Deadly Embrace: Morocco and the Road to the Spanish Civil War

Hardcover | May 15, 2002

bySebastian Balfour

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Combining military, political, cultural, social, and oral history, Sebastian Balfour narrates for the first time the development of a brutalised, interventionist army that played a crucial role in the victory of the Francoists in the Spanish Civil War. Spain's new colonial venture in Moroccoin the early twentieth-century turned into a bloody war against the tribes resisting the Spanish invasion of their lands. After suffering a succession of heavy military disasters against some of the most accomplished guerrillas in the world, the Spanish army turned to chemical warfare and droppedmassive quantities of mustard gas on civilians. Dr Balfour exposes this previously closely guarded secret using evidence from Spanish military archives and from survivors in Morocco. He also narrates the daily life of soldiers in the war as well as the self-images and tensions among the colonialofficers. After looking at the motives that drove Moroccans to resist or cooperate with Spain, the author describes the contradictory pictures among Spaniards of Moroccan collaborators and foes. Finally, he examines the Spanish colonial army's response to the Second Republic of 1931-1936 and itsbrutal march through Spain in the Civil War. QUOTES FROM PAUL PRESTON'S READERS REPORT:'This is a book of very considerable significance, the work of a first rate historian working at his peak...This is the most complete and wide-ranging account to date of the Spanish involvement in Morocco and of the consequences of that involvement inside Spain itself...written with a compellingblend of elegance and immediacy...this is a major work, one of which any historian would be proud.'

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Combining military, political, cultural, social, and oral history, Sebastian Balfour narrates for the first time the development of a brutalised, interventionist army that played a crucial role in the victory of the Francoists in the Spanish Civil War. Spain's new colonial venture in Moroccoin the early twentieth-century turned into a ...

Sebastian Balfour is a Reader in Contemporary Spanish Studies, LSE, University of London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.04 inPublished:May 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199252963

ISBN - 13:9780199252961

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Table of Contents

The Colonial War1. The Invasion of Morocco2. Calm Sea and Furious Wind3. A Disaster Foretold? The Spanish Defeat at Anual4. The Forging of a Colonial Army 1921-30The Brutalisation of the Colonial War5. The Secret History of Chemical Warfare against Moroccans6. A Divided Army; Military Castes and Factions in the Colonial Army7. The Moorish Other8. Cultures, Conditions and Corruption in the Colonial ArmyThe Colonial Army from Republic to Civil War 1931-399. Repression and Conspiracy10. The Reconquest of Spain

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`Deadly Embrace breaks new ground by demonstrating, in meticulously documented detail, the critical connections between the war that Spain waged in Morocco from 1909 until 1927 and the civil war.'History