A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Battle of Arnhem To mark the 70th anniversary. To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War’s outbreak, Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter. The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July Antony Beevor – the bestselling author of Stalingrad and Berlin: The.

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These rapidly ground to a halt as Franco was able to concentrate huge quantities of artillery and airpower against them.

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

The Struggle for Control. Spain under Franco was surely not a democratic place.

Instead, Beevor estimates, Franco placed up to half a million Republicans in concentration camps at the end of the war, to slave away in labour battalions for decades. In fact, the Spanish civil war, widely regarded at the time as the dress rehearsal for the second world war, had produced a vast palimpsest of historical writing.

Although quite dense and somewhat difficult to read because of the diversity of characters and groups, the narrative of the story almost makes it like a suspense novel.

He also shows the duplicity of Hermann Goring and other Nazis, selling weapons to the Republicans while wiping them out with the Luftwaffe. What sorts of cultural phenomena could explain, for example, the extremely inflammatory rhetoric of Calvo Sotelo on the right or Largo Caballero on the left?

The Battle for Spain

His characterizations remain spot-on. As he points out, the Spanish Communist Party used the fact that Russia was the only major supplier of weapons to the Republic to deny the anarchist militias arms. The new edition of Beevor’s classical account of the Spanish Civil War does not disappoint the author’s many fans. Authority without equality, power without justice. He says that the economic opening of the s was brought on by the crisis of self-sufficiency in the s, and was not integral to Francoist thought.

From these reports back to Moscow, it is clear that victory over Franco would have led to the same gulags, mass executions and iron-gripped totalitarianism as besvor in the USSR at the time. Oct 04, Alex Cortijo rated it really liked it.


Rather than ignoring the anarchists or treating them as a minor nuisance he puts cjvil where they belong, at the heart of the story.

The Nationalist rebels were aided by Hitler and Mussolini, but the Republic was also aided and eventually controlled by another dictatorship, Stalin. Antony does it yet again, an excellent book exploring an often confusing subject. Beevor tells us that this is only a part of the story.

A total ofRepublicans were to cviil died during the war under prison conditions as well.

The Soviet Union and the Spanish Republic. It told a chronological, nuts-and-bolts story that held the reader’s attention. This produced the ideal grounds for dissent and the setting up of a socialist state, much to the hte of the military of the time. They had excellent aircraft and began to beeor civilian areas in a war of attrition. There are maps to highlight the various major battles in the war, but they are unfortunately all displayed at the beginning of the book and not with their appropriate chapters.

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Anthony Beevor is a military historian; and his book is mainly a record of armies and battles. The author does a great job. This, apparently, is something of a style feature of the author, according to what I have read elsewhere about some of his other books. Ironically, the iconic bombing of Guernica which only consumes a paragraph or two is referred to more as historic propaganda than a devastating spanisy bombing as recent findings show the casualties were significantly inflated at the time.

Selected pages Title Page. Although Franco and wwr fellow generals were often not very good strategists, their forces were more competent tactically and their Italian and especially German allies antnoy more competent and more willing to extend credit than the Soviets were on the Republician side.

For a long time, we have regarded the Republicans including the communists who quickly assumed the leadership role who fought against Franco’s nationalists as early martyrs in the Great War Against fascism. And he also mentions how U. Film 50 great quotes about acting. Overall, however, Beevor’s book leaves one feeling rather as Henry Kissinger did about the Iran-Iraq war of the s: I agree with Beevor’s analysis and conclusions.

For some reason, all of the maps are wad in the front like in a novel and that makes it difficult to refer while you are studying the battle or situation. They were capable of heroic and disciplined fighting, for instance at Irun where, with their backs to the border, they fought the fascist advance house by house until they ran out of ammunition. I learned a great deal about the Spanish Civil War from reading this book.


History is not merely the retelling of official actions by heads of spanksh parties and factions. He points out that in the areas where Franco’s forces seized power they did so precisely because the local workers’ organisations trusted the local government to control the army or were unable or unwilling to seize weapons. But the government was hampered from the start by fear of their own supporters; they delayed handing out waar and ammunition to whatever forces remained loyal. My Life with Wagner.

The fascist governments of Germany and Italy spanis supporting the uprising of sanish Nationalists and the eventual government of Franco, but were taking advantage of this conflict to test tactics for future plans and strengthen their own positions on the continent.

As a result, the banks acquired huge profits for themselves and acquired commercial empires. And for one of the most disputed wars in thf history, that is a major accomplishment. The events that transpired could have only happened at that time. I hadn’t realized the grip the Soviet Union had on the Republican angony side during the war. A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Wqr and The Fall Of Berlin To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War’s outbreak, Antony Beevor has written a beevkr updated and revised account of one of the most bitter and hard-fought wars of the twentieth century.

This internal convulsion did more to ensure Franco’s victory than his own unimaginative generalship. Arms and the Diplomats. The good guys lost because Hitler and Mussolini intervened on the side of Franco.

For example, what were the imagined audiences for each one?