The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
Beevor's Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge is now available from Viking Books
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War's outbreak, Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter and hard- ...more
As the Spanish Civil War proved, the first casualty of war is not truth, but its source: the conscience and integrity of the individual.
Anthony Beevor is a military historian; and his book is mainly a record of armies and battles. The forces that destabilized the government and created so much tension within the country are quickly summarized; and the aftermath of the war—its legacy, its lingering effects in Spanish political life, its ...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
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
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
This is a great book - also, very sad.
I've always been fascinated with the story of the Spanish Civil War, and what it signified. In many ways, it was the precusor to WW2, and the fight between the Axis-backed nationalist forces and Soviet-backed republicans offers an insight into what will transpire in Europe over the next several years. It also dispels the easy myths around the black-and-white truth of what the Spanish Civil War is in popular media.
The author go ...more
We can find any number of anarchist or Trotskyist reviews of the Spanish Civil War that heap blame on the Russians a ...more
Beevor simply lists names and events with absolutely no analysis of them. Even the major players get no description - physical or biographical. Franco, as just one example, appears as an already existing leader - no backgrou ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book, whic ...more
Between 5 and 12 March he (Mola) had meetings with other key conspirators: Orgaz, Goded, Ponte, Kindelan, Saliquet, Franco, Galarza, F ...more
The introduction is nice, specially delineating the political context, but soon people and cities names are juggled around you, with no introduction, no explanation, no description, no flavour. This is specially the case when the civil war proper, with military conflicts, starts.
The narration is dry, just imagine "general xxx- never spoken before in the book- went to city yyy- never spoken before in the book, and you have no idea how the ci ...more
For a long time, we have regarded the Republicans (including the communists who quickly assumed the leadership role) who fought against Franco ...more
Overshadowed be the events that followed, you might have heard of WWII, the Spanish Civil War was at least in my education a mere blurb in the text book. After having read Beevor's fairly comprehensive account of the war I have to wonder whether part of that oversight was due to the lack of anyone's ability to succinctly explain the events. I certainly learned a lot from this book, but I'm also certain that I still could not ...more
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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