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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 ...more
Paperback, 628 pages
Published May 12th 1986 by Pantheon (first published January 1st 1979)
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Rowland Pasaribu
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
fonz
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impresionante y exhaustivo relato de la guerra civil española en el que debe ser no sólo el mejor ensayo que se haya escrito sobre el conflicto, si no que, además, seguramente sea el mejor que se ha escrito sobre la España del siglo XX. Es decir, si sólo quieres leer un libro acerca de los males endémicos que llevamos arrastrando desde el siglo XIX, que sea este.

El libro toma la forma de relato cronológico de los acontecimientos de la guerra en el que se insertan testimonios de los participantes
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Loránd
On top of the masterfully edited, and arranged interviews this book offers all the support one needs to understand the historical context, and time line properly.

Words cannot do this book justice. Not only did it help me in the insurmountable task of gaining some reasonable understanding about the Spanish Civil War, but it also immersed me into the world at the time. This is a book that I have read twice-over the first time around, almost everything paragraph in it was worth re-reading, almost
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Micah
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book I've read on the conflict so far, although I don't know if I'd recommend it as an introduction. . . . the vignettes are very cleverly connected but they are still essentially vignettes. The texture of events is of course vividly reproduced, and instead of being told, for example, "such-and-such industry was collectivized, such-and-such committee was formed," one really sees and understands how such things take place in the most concrete way.

There is a lot of material on
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Victor Gibson
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Wesley
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked 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.
Melissa
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Tess
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant oral history of the Spanish Civil War. Gives a very personal understanding of the experiences and politics of the different participants.
Joseph Navarro
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Adam
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
The Spanish Civil War is interesting, even if you don't like history.
Dan William
Feb 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Sad, determined, a wirlpool of hope and death. A feel good book for facists. Another what might have been for the rest of us.




love, love,,, love is all you need?
Liam
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Pippa
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredibly useful and intelligent book, bringing together oral accounts of people in all sorts of positions, with varying perspectives.
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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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