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Preview — The Battle For Spain by Antony Beevor
The Battle For Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936 1939
The Spanish Civil War is a significant 20th century historical event that is logically obscured by the enormity of the Second World War. My rudimentary knowledge of the conflict led me to simplify it as a war between the Nazi supported Nationalists vs. the Soviet supported Republicans ... oh how wrong I was. My search to expand my knowledge of the Spanish Civil War both started and ended with the discovery Antony Beevor's THE BATTLE F ...more
I had heard great things about Beevor's "Stalingrad" and may still read it someday. "The Battle for Spain", however, suffers from a few serious problems: its choice to be a straight political history and Beevor's writing style.
I am not a fan of this kind of history writing. It is top-down narrative history at its worst. It is no doubt inval ...more
We can find any number of anarchist or Trotskyist reviews of the Spanish Civil War that heap blame on the Russians a ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book, whic ...more
Spain in the 1930s was a country in transition. It had just come out of the departure of King Alfonso XIII and a new republic was trying to get itself established. But forces from across the political spectrum took turns weakening the Republic to further their own agenda: the political and social conservatives who wanted to retain the status quo of monopoly of power and privilege; the social ...more
This book is the revised edition of Beevor's book, first published in the 1980s, about the Spanish Civil War.
After the fall of the monarchy in the early 1930s and substantial political conflict in the new republic with various left wing groups attempting local uprisings and using inflammatory language, in July of 1936 a number of generals launched a coup attempt against the republic. The main instigator was not the eventual leader, Francisco Franco, but another general, Emilo Mola. Franco rap...more
I really enjoyed the intimacy and depth of Beevor's Stalingrad: The Siege, and this brought just as much effort to the Ejército Popular Republicanos' struggle against Nicolas Franco's nacionales: the Ejército Nacional, Catholic loyalists, fascist allies from Estado Novo, the Luftwaffe's Legion condor and Italy's Corpo Truppe Volontarie, and the bungling farce that was the League of Nations' "Non-Intervention Committee".
I read this book because the Spanish Civil War is mentioned ...more
Having not known too much about the Spanish Civil War beforehand this book really does put the internal political meat on the bones of the different factions involved. As for the numerous external influences which contributed strategy, men and equipment, that would fill another 500 page book.
The conflict was deemed a civil war with Spaniard against Spaniard but was also the weapon & strategy catwalk for the axis ...more
Detailed and very readable, and providing a reasonably balanced view of the various factions and their actions.
The usual sad tale of the triumph of the strong and very well-financed against the small men, whose own supposed supporters are bound to either self-interest or ideology or a combination of the two.
His final sentences were interesting:
"...history must ...more
No more Mr. Beevor for me; life is far too short.
In addition the ideological struggles of the 20s and 30s are ever present on both sides of the civil war and as Beevor argues lead both sides to become entrenched in their view that they needed an abs ...more
Lots of battles in these chapters, a bit boring no matter how good the auth ...more
For a long time, we have regarded the Republicans (including the communists who quickly assumed the leadership role) who fought against Franco ...more
I have to give the author a lot of credit, as well as being extremely detailed, this book is brutally honest about the players and parties on both sides. Unlike Hollywood depictions of the war, the republicans don't come off as the good guys fighting off the evil fascists. Lik ...more
If military history is your thing, I highly recommend this book. The focus is largely on the combatants themselves a ...more