A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War
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A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War

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An account of the Spanish civil war which portrays the struggles of the war, as well as discussing the wider implications of the revolution in the Republican zone, the emergence of brutal dictatorship on the nationalist side and the extent to which the Spanish war prefigured World War II.

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Published September 16th 1996 by Fontana Press
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Eibhlin
I'm not a big reader of history book (or even non-fiction), and although I found it difficult to get into, it was extremely well-written, challenged my preconceptions of the war, and made me a lot better informed. It is easy to take sides in the Spanish civil war, but Preston has managed it and gives an unbiased, fair review of the war itself and the causes of it. My only problem (other than I found it difficult to get started), was that it didn't really talk about the aftermath of the war at al...more
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a short history of the Spanish Civil War, much like the title says. I enjoyed reading this, it is well written in a clear style, and the author did his best to accurately depict the conflict from both sides. A nice starting point if you want to learn something about this particular event.
Rob Innis
Excellent overview of the SCW written by a very knowledgeable leading expert. Recommended for those who don't want to take on the more mighty tomes.
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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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