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Blood Of Spain: An Oral History of the Spanish Civil War

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We discover what civil war, revolution and counter-revolution actually felt like from inside both camps. The contours of the war take shape through the words of the eyewitnesses. The atmosphere of events is vividly recaptured. And though the lived experience of the participants is revealed the uniquely tragic essence of all civil war. 'Fascinating and brilliantly unorthodo ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published May 5th 1994 by Pimlico (first published January 1st 1979)
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Rowland Bismark
The Spanish civil war is, for me, the great tragedy of twentieth century history. In quantitative horror it pales beside the Holocaust and many other events, but it has all the classical elements of tragedy: a combination of inevitableness and contingency, the gradual closing of possibilities, and human and organisational flaws aplenty. And it is not one tragedy but many: the failure of the social revolution and its destruction by the communists; the dilemmas of the Basque and Catalan bourgeoisi ...more
Victor Gibson
It is obvious from the reviews that this book is now read infrequently, despite the addition of an ebook in 2012. What's it about? The title tells you everything, so it is close to 600 pages of oral history. An amazing achievement, but maybe only of interest for those who wish to learn more about the Civil War. It is not an easy read, but worth persevering with if you have the enthusiasm, and occasionally there are nuggets of theatre. The lighter anecdotes are often associated with the attempts ...more
Philip Lee
This has to be one of the key books for anyone studying the Spanish Civil War. Fraser concentrates on how the war affected ordinary people. In terms of background research, outside of Spain itself, he is perhaps the leading authority. He writes well, too.
It's very detailed, not hard to understand, and covers practically everything in the Spanish Civil War without being too biased.
This was a great help for one of my History projects. I recommend it. :)
While interspersed with analysis and context, as an oral history Blood of Spain does a good job of allowing participants in the Spanish Civil War to speak for themselves. An extremely important book.
Joseph Navarro
An insightful book on the events leading up and during the Spanish Civil War. The narrative uses real press releases, eyewitness accounts and testimonials creating a unique read.
This book brings the full tragedy of the Spanish Civil War to life. It features the stories and heartache of the real people affected by the politics of the time. Essential reading.
Dan William
Sad, determined, a wirlpool of hope and death. A feel good book for facists. Another what might have been for the rest of us.

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This was an incredibly useful and intelligent book, bringing together oral accounts of people in all sorts of positions, with varying perspectives.
The Spanish Civil War is interesting, even if you don't like history.
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Ronald Angus Fraser (9 December 1930 – 10 February 2012) was a British historian noted for his oral histories and in particular for Blood Of Spain: An Oral History of the Spanish Civil War, his oral history of the Spanish Civil War.

Born in Hamburg to an upper-middle class British father and wealthy American mother, Fraser was educated at boarding school in England and the USA and undertook further
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