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The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution and Revenge
by Paul Preston
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Rev. and updated version of: A concise history of the Spanish Civil War (London : Fontana, 1996). 1st published as: The Spanish Civil War, 1936-39 (London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, c1986). Bibliography: p. 333. Includes index.
As the book which provoked my interest in the Spanish Civil War and, therefore, my undergraduate dissertation topic, I certainly owe Paul Preston some thanks. He cuts a gripping narrative out of the ordeal and gives a very welcome overview of events. His bibliographical essay is excellent, too. Nonetheless, I couldn't necessarily recommend this as a first read to someone not acquainted with the topic. His argumentation is decidedly partisan, particularly on the role of foreign intervention in the Civil War, and would leave one with an inaccurate impression of the factors at play.
An excellent run through of the Spanish Civil War. If you want military detail of each battle then this isn't the book for you but Paul Preston covers the political reasons for the Spanish Civil War, the politics during the war and the aftermath very well. This edition includes an introduction that brings us pretty much up-to-date, which I found extremely useful. The book reads well and makes sense of a complicated conflict, fought in different areas. Certainly a good place to start to learn about this part of Spain's history.
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UPDATED EDITION A rousing and full-blooded account of the Spanish Civil War and the rise to prominence of General Franco. No modern conflict has inflamed the passions of both civilians and intellectuals as much as the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. Burned into our collective historical consciousness, it not only prefigured the imminent Second World War but also ushered in a new and horrific form of warfare that would come to define the twentieth century. At the same time it echoed the revolutionary aspirations of millions of Europeans and Americans after the painful years of the Great Depression. In this authoritative history, Paul Preston vividly recounts the political ideals and military horrors of the Spanish Civil War - including the controversial bombing of Guernica - and tracks the emergence of General Franco's brutal but extraordinarily durable fascist dictatorship.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)946.081History and Geography Europe Spain and Iberian Peninsula Spain Second Republic; Dictatorship; Juan Carlos I; Felipe VI 1931- Second Republic; Spanish Civil War
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An edition of this book was published by W.W. Norton.