The archaeology of the spanish civil war offers the first comprehensive account of the spanish civil war from an archaeological perspective, providing an alternative narrative on one of the most important conflicts of the twentieth century, widely seen as a prelude to the second world war. Hugh thomas, author of seminal book on the spanish. The italian campaign against the basques on the northern front in 1937 was one of the most spectacular nationalist successes of the civil war, with 60,000 prisoners taken. Spanish civil war jul 15, 2016 7 things you may not know about the spanish civil war explore seven fascinating facts about this bloody prelude to world war ii. He has a long standing interest in many aspects of militaria but his particular passion is reserved for the english and spanish civil wars. A second revised edition was published by penguin books in 1965. When an initial military coup failed to win control of the entire country, a bloody civil war ensued, fought with great ferocity on both sides. The spanish civil war a blog about the spanish civil war. The spanish civil war reaction, revolution and revenge paul preston. Completed by burnett bolloten just before his death in 1987, the spanish civil war is the culmination of fifty years of dedicated and painstaking.
Fascists, nationalists, nazis, antifa, anarchistswho predicted these. A military history takes a new, military approach to the conflict that tore spain apart from 1936 to 1939 in many histories, the war has been treated as a primarily political event with the military narrative subsumed into a much broader picture of the spain of 19369 in which the chief themes are revolution and counterrevolution. George orwells spanish civil war memoir is a classic, but is. The hidden history of the spanish civil war youtube. Until the end of the ensuing dictatorship which lasted until general francos death in 1975 it was particularly difficult for spanish authors to write about what took place. The 14 best books about the spanish civil war the local. To improve your visit to our site, take a minute and upgrade.
His father was killed by franco s men during the civil war. Neville chamberlains appeasement in full swing and marching over the bodies of nations, betrayed and crushed, to the final scene that was staged at munich. It describes the complex origins of the conflict, the collapse of the spanish republic and the outbreak of the only mass worker revolution in the history. Burned into our collective historical consciousness, it not only. He speaks of troops and training, commanders and planners, and campaigns and battles, far more than he does of politicians and policies, in a very evenhanded account. You will be connected to in just a moment learn about project shield. A concise history of the spanish civil war by paul preston. Jul 28, 2018 this episode of ten minute history like a documentary, only shorter covers spain in the 1930s before the outbreak of the spanish civil war, through the civil war itself and to the end of. The spanish civil war had cost the nation somewhere between 600,000 800,000 lives, counting deaths in battle and executions, as well as civilians killed by bombing, starvation, and disease. Scholarly study was initiated on a significant scale in 1961 with the publication of the first edition of hugh thomass the spanish civil war new york, accompanied by several other more monographic works, all by foreign authors. So herberts book on guernica is one that i would always include in the five most important books on the spanish civil war in any language. Gibson has also written the biography of lorca, who was murdered during the spanish civil war aged 38 for, among other accusations, being a spy for the russians and homosexual. The tejada series by rebecca pawel are mysteries set during the spanish civil war. Spanish civil war modern international and american history.
Stands without rivals as the most balanced and comprehensive book on the subject. The civil war that tore through spain in the mid1930s remains one of the most controversial subjects in the country today. In spanish history books, there are some blank pages, states francisco espinosa. We go behind the scenes to find out the true story of the bitter fighting within the sides, not just. For anyone interested in taking a deeper dive, here are some spanish civil war books fiction and nonfiction to get you started.
Adam hochschilds book is a postcold war history of the spanish civil war. Spanish civil war 193639, military revolt by nationalist rebels, supported by conservative elements within the country, against the republican government of spain. There were largescale military battles that left tens of thousands dead. Thomas has understood the spanish civil war incredibly well and has written it superbly. His 1961 the spanish civil war, published in paris when he was just 30 years old, was banned by the franco regime back in. This book presents a new history of the most important conflict in european affairs during the 1930s, the spanish civil war. His death was announced by the spanish news organization abc, to which thomas was a regular contributor. Spanish civil war 19361939 history of spain don quijote. The spanish civil war took place in spain between 1936 and 1939. Berber armies led by abd elkrim force the spanish garrison at annual anwal, morocco, to retreat in disarray, marking the start of a military campaign that would come to be known as the rif war.
Us historyspanish civil war wikibooks, open books for. Jul 18, 2018 the spanish civil war reaction, revolution and revenge paul preston. It has informed opinion in the englishspeaking world about the war providing the inspiration, for instance. While most works on the spanish civil war spend more time on politics, in this new treatment, journalist and author hooton gives us a very military look at the conflict. I think he probably knew more about the spanish civil war than any man who has ever lived. The spanish civil war a reading list pan macmillan. Jul 15, 2016 jul 15, 2016 7 things you may not know about the spanish civil war. On march 28, 1939, the republicans finally surrendered madrid, bringing the spanish civil war to an end. May 06, 2017 homage to catalonia belongs in any list of important books on the spanish civil war. Volunteering to serve the republicans during the spanish civil war, alun menai williams said, i witnessed most of the carnage from a height of six to 12 inches from ground level. The battle over the memory of the spanish civil war. The spanish civil war of 193639 was of enormous international as well as national significance.
Between 1936 and 1939 over 500,000 people were killed in the spanish civil war so this cannot be considered a little war that was overshadowed by the problems that were occurring in europe during these years. A full, vivid and deeply serious treatment of a great subject. In this gripping volume, frances lannon explains how this internal conflict between democracy and its enemies escalated to involve nazi germany, fascist italy, and the soviet union. Whether it is contemporary accounts, historical thesis or fiction set during the 193639 conflict, there is a huge choice of very good reads on the. This book came out in 1974, when franco still was alive. Ten minute history the spanish civil war and francisco. His books include anarchism, the republic and civil war in spain. The spanish civil war is a book by british historian hugh thomas, first published in london by. The uprising consisted of military action between the existing republican government and a nationalist faction led by a military general called francisco franco. Sir paul preston cbe is an english historian and hispanist, biographer of general franco, specialist in spanish history, in particular the spanish civil war, which he has studied for more than 30 years.
Recent historiography on the spanish republic and civil war. The rout marks the greatest defeat of a european colonial power by indigenous forces since the battle of adwa. Under the new regime thousands more would be condemned to death, imprisoned, or forced into exile. Indeed, helen grahams book the spanish republic at war is dedicated to him. If you want real depth and you like reading ignore the other books in this list and get thomas mammoth history of the spanish civil war. Updated to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the spanish civil war, prestons detailed account tells the story of the rise of francisco franco and the new and horrific form of warfare that would come to define the 20th century.
This episode of ten minute history like a documentary, only shorter covers spain in the 1930s before the outbreak of the spanish civil war, through the civil war itself and to. When the spanish civil war began, in 1936, fascism was on the march across europe, as a new breed of strongman leader emerged from the horrors and economic ravages of. This was the second book of a personal, occasional reading list to better understand authoritarianism and fascism. Explore seven fascinating facts about this bloody prelude to world war ii. Originally published in 1961, this is the definitive english language history of the spanish civil war, describing the major political and military events of the conflict in 600plus pages of narrative, with numerous maps, some photographs and appendices giving statistics of industrial production, imports and exports, military aid supplied by other countries, casualties and collateral damage. Scholarly study was initiated on a significant scale in 1961 with the publication of the first edition of hugh thomass the spanish civil war new york, accompanied by several other.
Some scholars of spanish history trace the beginnings of the civil war back to the spanish second republic suggesting the military coop was an inevitable maneuver to reestablish political order, others take it back to the spanish american war of 1898 and the failure of spanish imperialism arguing that the. Fought between 1936 and 1939, the spanish civil war continues to fascinate, horrify and intrigue people from across the world. The world witnessed some of the largest air battles that it had ever seen. The spanish civil war, soon after colonel tejero held the cortes hostage at gunpoint in an attempt to overthrow the democracy which had emerged under king juan carlos. The upper and middle classes, however, defended their interests, as they dominated the of. The causes of the spanish civil war history learning site. The spanish civil war 193639 the army was in need of reform. A concise history of the spanish civil war by gabriel jackson. Us historyspanish civil war wikibooks, open books for an. A brief history of the spanish civil war the red phoenix. Berkeley history major milton zerman launched a project last summer to create a historic marker for merriman, who died at age 28 in the 19361939 spanish civil war. Guerra civil espanola was a civil war in spain fought from 1936 to 1939.
Up to a million lives were lost in the conflict, the most devastating in spanish history. Home history a brief history of the spanish civil war. Homage to catalonia by george orwell, for whom the bell tolls by ernest hemingway, the battle for spain. The spanish civil war is one of the greatest civil wars in the history of the world. The spanish civil war 1936 1939 has come to symbolize the clash between the ideologies of liberalism, socialism and communism versus conservatism, traditionalism and fascism. Under the new regime thousands more would be condemned to death, imprisoned, or. The following texts, which are all devoted to some aspect of the civil war, comprise this selection of the best. Six books on the civil war these six histories of the civil war that are mustreads if you want to better understand the conflict a group of officers in culpeper, virginia reading. International brigades in spain 193639 osprey elite book 53 ken bradley was born in 1944. The book is based upon nearly 60 years of extensive research into the spanish civil war, augmented by information from specialized german, italian and russian works. This book is a very condensed and simplified version of a very complex conflict. Informative books that tell you about the spanish civil war.
There are some words you only expect to encounter in history books. A brief history of the spanish civil war by alfonso casal on march 17, 2011 0. A lot of different groups worked together with the spanish republic the government of the time to stop him, including socialists, communists, anarchists, and other leftist groups. The idea was to use all the research carried out so painstakingly by. The british historian hugh thomas, author of a seminal book on the spanish civil war, died on saturday at age 85. The book gets the facts right, for the most part, but if you want to read a comprehensive book about the spanish civil war i recommend the spanish civil war. The story tells of the hardships of the war but also the romance, the passion and the, at times blind, hope that things will turn out alright. A study of journalism, propaganda and history by herbert southworth, explores another of the key moments of the spanish civil war yes. The best books on the spanish civil war five books. The archaeology of the spanish civil war bookshare. Republicans loyal to the elected, left leaning second spanish republic, in alliance with anarchists, fought against a revolt by the nationalists, an alliance of falangists, monarchists. After oxford, i got an opportunity to do an ma at reading, which. The spanish civil war 18 july 1936 1 april 1939 was a war in which the spanish general francisco franco and his troops successfully took control of spain. The best books on the spanish civil war five books expert.
His 1961 the spanish civil war, published in paris when he was just 30 years old, was banned by the franco regime back in spain. Republicans loyal to the leftleaning second spanish republic, in alliance with anarchists, of the communist and syndicalist variety, fought against a revolt by the nationalists, an alliance of falangists, monarchists, conservatives and catholics, led by a military group among whom. Prestons book reads like a concise precis, short on poetry, but still a very valuable overview for those interested in the spanish civil war who would rather not delve into every excruciating detail of this tragic mess. A short history of the spanish civil war short histories. There i entered into this europe of conflict by flying straight to barcelona.
The spanish civil war is one of the most famous coups in the world and took place between july of 1936 and april of 1939. The author herbert southworth was always my inspiration. The country suffered death, destruction, and repression on an unprecedented scale. And he certainly had a lot of influence on other historians, particularly in spain.
Communists, anarchists, monarchists, fascists, socialists, democrats the various forces of the spanish civil war composed a fabric of the twentieth century itself, and thomas masterfully weaves the diffuse and fascinating threads of the war together in a manner that has established the book as a genuine classic of modern history. George orwells spanish civil war memoir is a classic, but. Our roundup of the best books on the spanish civil war, both fiction and. I got into oxford but in those days there was little opportunity to study very much modern history. Published in 1971, while franco still ruled spain, this beautifullywritten book charts the mystery surrounding the death of spanish poet lorca during the civil war. Then, four years ago, my spanish publisher, gonzalo ponton, persuaded me to rewrite the book completely. Homage to catalonia belongs in any list of important books on the spanish civil war. Julian casanova is professor of history at the university of zaragoza. Apr 28, 2016 adam hochschilds book is a postcold war history of the spanish civil war. Combat commander of the abraham lincoln battalion, he was one of the highestranking american volunteers defending the democraticallyelected spanish government against rebels.1222 664 797 965 105 216 1101 1060 741 1567 958 662 580 481 1639 93 148 330 766 861 1394 356 1308 495 401 1053 1177 606 606