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The Spanish Republic and the Civil War, 1931-39
At the time of its occurrence, the Spanish Civil War epitomized for the Western world the confrontation of democracy, fascism, and communism. An entire generation of Englishmen and Americans felt a deeper emotional involvement in that war than in any other world event of their lifetimes, including the Second World War. On the Continent, its "lessons," as interpreted by par ...more
Paperback, 600 pages
Published July 21st 1987 by Princeton University Press
(first published 1965)
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Very good book! It is so ironic that the democratically elected republic was ignored by the democracies of the world, France, Britain and the United States, in its struggle against Franco and fascism. Its only support came from the Soviet Union while Franco got support from Mussolini and Hitler.
Don't read this book unless you're a grad student in Spanish history. Actually, even then you might not want to read it. Incredibly long and overly detailed, doesn't get too much beyond the quotidian details within Spain itself (e.g. almost nothing on why so many people around the world came to Spain to fight in this struggle). I learned quite a bit about the Civil War here, but not enough of the details I really wanted to learn about.
Aug 20, 2011 Alejandro Teruel rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Una fascinante versión de la trágica Guerra Civil española por un reconocido historiador e hispanista, Gabriel Jackson (1921). Ameno de leer, recomendado a cualquiera que le interese los peligros a que está expuesta cualquier democracia en épocas de turbulencia social.