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El holocausto espa

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Por fin llega la obra definitiva de Paul Preston sobre la represión llevada a cabo por ambos bandos durante la guerra civil española y la inmediata posguerra. El holocausto español se remonta a los orígenes ideológicos de la orgía de violencia que se desató en España en julio de 1936 para, con el mejor estilo de los historiadores anglosajones y su extraordinario conocimien...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by Random House Mondadori (first published April 3rd 2011)
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Natxo Cruz
Magnífic assaig sobre el genocidi i la barbàrie perpetrada sobre tot pel bàndol rebel de la guerra civil (els que la història dels vencedors anomenava "nacionals"). L'autor fa una distinció molt clara entre l'abast, la motivació i l'origen de les matances d'ambdós bàndols. Els rebels tenien el genocidi planificat des de molt abans del "levantamiento" i el van executar d'una forma que recorda els pitjors holocausts de la història moderna (Alemanya, els Balcans, Àfrica...), sota els auspicis dels...more
Iñaki Tofiño
Miedo de la clase obrera a perder lo poco que se había conseguido durante la República; terror de la burguesía y los terratenientes ante la posibilidad de vivir en una sociedad más igualitaria y tener que compartir parte de su riqueza; pánico de todos ante los juicios sumarísimos, las torturas, las violaciones... Miedo, terror y pánico, eso refleja el libro de Preston y eso vivió la sociedad española, lo que la convirtió en un verdadero infierno desde mediados de los 30 hasta los años 80.
La tesi...more
The term 'holocaust' is one contentious, reserved solely now for the gravest of atrocities (with hyperbole notwithstanding). Although on a slightly smaller scale, Preston makes the assertion that the killings of the Spanish Civil War, and later the Franco regime, are systemic and deliberate in nature, comparable to Hitler or Stalin.

Spain, currently struggling with economic woes, still has some of the remnants and nightmares of the last Fascist regime in Europe. Only in the last ten years have st...more
Kevin Tole
I'm afraid I gave up on this. The reason? Its just the writing style. It is so dense and hard to get around and get a good bite at it. And believe me I really wanted to read this book. Having read 'Blood of Spain' and Beevor's book on the Spanish Civil War I felt ready for this. But its just not written in a reader friendly way. Its just one after one after one incident - its 120 pages till you get up to the coup. I thought the style might change after that but it doesn't - if anything it gets e...more
Incredibly depressing tale of the brutality of the Spanish Civil War. Worth reading for a reminder of 'man's inhumanity to man'as well as the tragedy of those courageous enough to stand up to blind class hatred and warped beliefs.
This is an extremely painful book to read. However, it is a book that needs to be read in order to understand the scale of the cruelty that occurred during the war and for many years after. It is a chilling read for anyone who has ever been a member of a trade union, a freethinker, a democrat or married to one. It helps explain the years of silence and indeed the fragility of democracy in the post Franco era. It will leave a mark on you as I am sure the recording and the writing of it must have...more
The author of this 700+ page history of the Spanish civil war is the foremost scholar of Spanish history in the U.K. This book is not easy reading, in more than one sense. First, the writing is dense and chapters go on and on forever in unrelieved narrative for 40-50 pages. My eyes simply got tired reading more than 15 pages in a sitting. The editors at Harper should have advised him to make his text a bit more readable. Second, the book presumes that the reader knows as much about Spanish histo...more
Petter Nordal
Si tiene algúna pregunta sobre la violencia durante la guerra civil, es el libro que te puede satisfacer. Es bastante pesado, duro, leerlo, con 678 paginas, pero vale la pena para saber la verdad. Y la verdad de la guerra es horrorifico. Si, habia violencia por todos lados, pero al fin y al fondo, los facistas fueron los peores, alcanzando hasta 7 asasinatos para cada uno de los asesinatos del lado opuesto (varios lados entre si: Republicanos burgeses, democratas, comunistas independientes, comu...more
An unremittingly brutal no holds barred account of atrocities of this dark and morbidly compelling conflict.

In truth it is remarkable that Spain is the country it is today in spite of all this.

Prestons account as many others have said is very detailed , painstakingly researched and referenced one of the side effects of this however is that is on occasion somewhat turgid as a result. In spite of this I could not stop till I got to the end. Although the narrative is to a degree sacrificed for acc...more
Pedro Molina
A very harrowing account of the violence and repression endured by the civilian population before, during and after the Spanish Civil War. Rich in detail and extraordinarily well documented, this book is surely one of the most important reports on the topic. It challenges a widely held perception in Spain, that there was an equal amount of murderous intent in the actions of both sides during the war, with hard facts and numbers. Fabulous, yet sometimes difficult, read.
Bruno de Maremma
A very long list of the atrocities committed by the rebel forces under Franco and to a much lesser extent by the Republican State that the rebels eventually overthrew. Very damning account of the almost unbelievable brutality used to inspire terror in the civilian populace and later to cleanse the country of republican sympathizers.
Jason Walker
A lot of the world thinks of Hitler as the greatest murderer in the 20th Century. Take nothing away from the Holocaust but the Spanish Civil War and the purges by Stalin may surpass. If you like history this is a good book.
Tara Catogge

Gut-wrenching, raw narrative.
Bruce Reiter
The book is almost everything that I hoped it would be. It is not a rehash of the Spanish Civil War but a look at the repressions both sides took against their unprotected adversaries. The original desaparecidos came in all sizes and shapes of the political spectrum. The roots of the terrorism employed by the military stemmed from the Africanista makeup of the principals and their plan to create a new political order in Spain. The reprisals by the Republicans against the military, the latifundis...more
An impressive sleuth Paul Presto, considering the magnitude of information he has had to plough through to write this cascading liturgy of man’s inhumanity to man. It is copious and clear for any lay person to follow the well documented atrocities by both sides with their micro sub-divisions loose within them.

It could have used a time line of which group did what, to run along side the narrative for me personally.

The overall clarity that emanates from this catalogue of appalling cruelty meted ou...more
John Rennie
This book is really important in trying to come to terms with the Spanish Civil War but it is painful to read. I have always thought that that war was a tragic defeat for the forces of progress and civilisation but this book makes that defeat seem even more depressing as it uncovers the true brutality of the opposing factions. Before the war, traditional forces of conservatism in Spain were implacable in their determination to crush any glimpses of progress so they forced the left into even more...more
First let me address the title of this book “The Spanish Holocaust”, the use of this word was in my opinion a mistake on the part of the author, no matter how hard he tried to justify its use in the prologue, me thinks he tried to hard, or as the case may be not hard enough in finding a suitable title for his word. The use of the word “Holocaust” evokes a whole different dimension to the terror, violence and ultimate death perpetrated on the Jewish race, its use has become to common place, sensa...more
José Ramón
Es un gran libro de historia, para iniciados y no iniciados.
El libro es muy bueno, por no decir excelente. Sinceramente me ha encantado, aunque me ha llevado tiempo leerlo.
Una de las cosas que más me gusto, es que considero al autor bastante imparcial, aunque si bien se nota quienes son las fuerzas legitimas y las que intentan imponer por la fuerza una dictadura militar. Hay que ser imparcial, pero no ser un ciego.
Debo reconocer que es una gran síntesis de los acontecimientos dentro de una gran...more
I decided to read this book, in part, because of the review in The Guardian. However, it wasn’t what I expected.

I wanted a chronicle of the rise of fascism in Spain, one that detailed the impact on the Spanish people, but that also focused on the broader regional and geopolitical background and influences. While I now have somewhat of an understanding of the detailed brutality of specific individuals, the book lacked sufficient context for me. This was clearly a meticulously researched book, bu...more
R.M.F Brown
A fine work of scholarship, but not a book for the layman

If you're looking for a general, all-purpose introduction to the Spanish Civil War, this book is not for you. Dense, meticulously researched, and a compelling narrative, The Spanish holocaust is historical scholarship at its best.

However, its strengths are also a glaring weakness. Other reviews have complained of a narrative that chimes with my own perceptions. For example, Preston goes into great detail about the atrocities visited upon...more
Dit is geen boek,dat je in een avond uitleest. Het onderwerp is gruwelijk. Het komt neer op een opsomming van alle gruweldaden, die zijn gepleegd in de spaanse Burgeroorlog en wel door beide kanten. Daarbij winnen de rebellen (onder Franco) het dik van de andere kant, maar toch.. Ook daar ging men goed te keer. Het boek maakt meteen een einde aan alle romantische ideen die je mocht hebben over de anarchisten en de internationale brigades, die aan de kant van de republiek vochten. Vooral de commu...more
A bit repetitive and depressing. I've already accepted his thesis, that the rebels were not only worse than the Republicans, but also perpetrated more systematic and top-down violence. Not the best intro to the civil war, but it should be sufficient to disprove anyone who still thinks Franco's side wasn't that bad,
I found this a very tough read. While Preston is undoubtably thoroughly knowledgeable on the topic his delivery of the information is confusing. He tends to cram as much information as possible into rolling sentences which makes each sentence a tricky hurdle to take.
ماهر Battuti
A very detailed and well-documented book about what is usually called "the most bloody civil war". The author begins by relating the horrors that the "rebels", Franco and his right wing allies, had done . But when we read what the other party, the Republicans", did, we see what civil war is all about. The massacres were usual in both sides, with a vengeance that is strange among citizens of the same blood. And when Franco won the war, it is the dictum " woe to the vanquished!
Now, after democracy...more
Cary Lackey
A very dense and detailed account of the atrocities committed on both sides of the bloody Spanish Civil War. As Preston showed, Franco had far more blood on his hands than the anarchists and Communists had in the Republican controlled zones, and his treatment on the Nationalists' attempt to rewrite history after the War was especially illuminating. I found the last few chapters, the end of the War and the post-War period, to be the most interesting, as they recounted the fates of prominent Repub...more
Not an easy read at all, while heart breaking in its content, its very informative and insightful. Academic in its tone (possibly as a way for P Preston to tackle such horrific events?) which may be off putting to some, I found it quite easy to follow still. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the Spanish Civil War and it's long term effects on Spain- an interesting but difficult topic that needs to be acknowledged an discussed more openly.
Wooly Nora
A comprehensive account of a little talked about but significant European event. I thought that this text was aimed at the general reader but it's focus is academic. Consequently it was in places a difficult read for me, in places this was compounded by the rather dense prose. This meant that it took quite a while to finish. It taught me much about the Spanish civil war so it was worth the slog. A prodigious amount of research underpins Paul Preston's account.
As with other books by Paul Preston, it is best read as what a Republican participant might have written about events, had he on hand the information that Preston does. It would be nice if he could let facts speak for themselves. And it really strains his credibility to attempt to dismiss every Republican atrocity as being somehow provoked by Nationalists.
Andrew Wallace
it was a chore to finish this book. I bought it for my holiday reading in Spain as it was The Times history book of the year. I knew nothing about the war and after this still knew little of the context. repetitive and bewildering aray of organisations and abbreviations. as an academic study worth having.
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Paul Preston, author of Franco and Juan Carlos, holds the Príncipe de Asturias Chair of Contemporary Spanish History at the London School of Economics. He lives in London.
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