The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | April 28, 2005

byHelen Graham

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This Very Short Introduction offers a powerfully-written explanation of the war's complex origins and course, and explores its impact on a personal and international scale. It also provides an ethical reflection on the war in the context of Europe's tumultuous twentieth century, highlightingwhy it has inspired some of the greatest writers of our time, and how it continues to resonate today in Britain, continental Europe, and beyond. Throughout the book, the focus is on the war as an arena of social change where ideas about culture were forged or resisted, and in which both Spaniards and non-Spaniards participated alike. These were conflicts that during the Second World War would stretch from Franco's regime, which envisageditself as part of the Nazi new order, to Europe and beyond. Accordingly, this book examines Spanish participation in European resistance movements during World War II and also the ongoing civil war waged politically, economically, judicially and culturally inside Spain by Francoism after itsmilitary victory in 1939. History writing itself became a battleground and the book charts the Franco regime's attempt to appropriate the past. It also indicates its ultimate failure - as evident in new writings on the war and, above all, in the return of Republican memory now occurring in Spainduring the opening years of the twenty-first century.

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This Very Short Introduction offers a powerfully-written explanation of the war's complex origins and course, and explores its impact on a personal and international scale. It also provides an ethical reflection on the war in the context of Europe's tumultuous twentieth century, highlightingwhy it has inspired some of the greatest writ...

Helen Graham is Professor of Spanish History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has published widely on the Spanish left in the 1930s and is the author of The Spanish Republic at War 1936-1939 (Cambridge University, 2002), a major re-assessment of the left during the civil war. She is currently researching Spanish prisons in...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:186 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.43 inPublished:April 28, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192803778

ISBN - 13:9780192803771

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction: the origins of Spain's civil war2. Rebellion, revolution, and repression3. Mobilise and survive: the Republic at war4. The making of Rebel Spain5. The Republic besieged6. Defeat and victory: the wars after the war7. The uses of historyChronologyReferencesFurther Reading

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`This is far and away the best short introduction to the Spanish Civil War that I have read in any language.'Professor Paul Preston, European Institute, London School of Economics