The Victorious Counterrevolution: The Nationalist Effort in the Spanish Civil War

Paperback | March 28, 2011

byMichael Seidman

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This groundbreaking history of the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) examines, for the first time in any language, how General Francisco Franco and his Nationalist forces managed state finance and economic production, and mobilized support from elites and middle-class Spaniards, to achieve their eventual victory over Spanish Republicans and the revolutionary left.
    The Spanish Nationalists are exceptional among counter-revolutionary movements of the twentieth century, Michael Seidman demonstrates, because they avoided the inflation and shortages of food and military supplies that stymied not only their Republican adversaries but also their counter-revolutionary counterparts—the Russian Whites and Chinese Nationalists. He documents how Franco’s highly repressive and tightly controlled regime produced food for troops and civilians; regular pay for soldiers, farmers, and factory workers; and protection of property rights for both large and small landowners. These factors, combined with the Nationalists’ pro-Catholic and anti-Jewish propaganda, reinforced solidarity in the Nationalist zone.
    Seidman concludes that, unlike the victorious Spanish Nationalists, the Russian and Chinese bourgeoisie were weakened by the economic and social upheaval of the two world wars and succumbed in each case to the surging revolutionary left.

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This groundbreaking history of the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) examines, for the first time in any language, how General Francisco Franco and his Nationalist forces managed state finance and economic production, and mobilized support from elites and middle-class Spaniards, to achieve their eventual victory over Spanish Republicans and ...

Michael Seidman is professor of history at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington. He is author of Republic of Egos: A Social History of the Spanish Civil War, The Imaginary Revolution: Parisian Students and Workers in 1968, and Workers against Work: Labor in Paris and Barcelona during the Popular Fronts (1936–38).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 28, 2011Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299249646

ISBN - 13:9780299249649

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION


I. THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SECOND REPUBLIC


LEGACY OF THE SECOND REPUBLIC


PRONUNCIAMIENTO


REPRESSION


MOORS


WAR OF MOVEMENT


WAR OF ATTRITION


II. AUTHORITARIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY


AGRICULTURE


WHEAT AND BREAD


ANIMAL FEED


ANIMAL HUSBANDRY


FISHING


CURRENCY


DONATIONS


TAXES


EXPROPRIATIONS


INDUSTRY


PRODUCTIVITY


TRANSPORTATION


POSTAL SERVICE


PUBLIC HEALTH


III. CATHOLIC NEO-TRADITIONALISM


WOMEN


CHAPLAINS


DEATH


ART


MUSIC


MOVIES


ANTI-SEMITISM


PROTESTANTS


IV. DEFIANCE OF THE STATE


PRICE CONTROLS


DENUNCIATIONS


COINS


MAYORS


GYPSIES


BEGGING


LOOTING


CONSCRIPTS AND FORCED LABOR


DESERTION


POLITICAL DISSIDENCE


IMMORALITIES


CONCLUSION: FLAWED VICTORY

Editorial Reviews

“Michael Seidman has forged a reputation as an iconoclastic social historian of the Spanish Civil War. . . . Readers eager for rich detail on the organization of the Franco war effort will find many nuggets in this book.”—European History Quarterly