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
I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book, whic...more
We can find any number of anarchist or Trotskyist reviews of the Spanish Civil War that heap blame on the Russians a...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
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
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
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
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
A quick look at the glossary should have warned me of what was to come. This is a very difficult conflict to grasp. There are so many factions within the two warring sides. Far too many names involved to make remembering who's w...more
The Battle For Spain chronicles the Spanish Civil War, 1936-9. Anthony Beevor examines the political, econom...more
This topic is more difficult in some ways as the narrative is less linear than the battles for those two cities with events happening in different theatres in Spain as well as in the wider world and within each faction. I suspect that it was also more difficult for me as I had more prior knowledge o...more