A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Battle of Arnhem To mark the 70th anniversary. 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. The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July Antony Beevor – the bestselling author of Stalingrad and Berlin: The.

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The Battle for Madrid. Certainly one of his aides said that they had “to kill, to kill, and to kill” all reds, “to exterminate a third of the masculine population”.

May 28, Tom Smitha rated it it was amazing. In practice, this means that, in direct contests, the extreme right will most often triumph over the extreme left, at least in the short-term; and yet in the long-term their emphasis on authority, obedience, and discipline produces unfair societies and unhappy populaces. Unusually, too, as Beevor remarks, the losers have had the last word – which must trouble the shade of Franco, who professed himself rather like Blair “responsible only to God and to history”.

The purges continued for decades, and the orphans of the Republicans were sent to re-education camps.

The Beevorised version

One bervor carlistas are described as paleo-rightists, in the other they are against the military coup, allied with leftists, without Beevor caring to explain why. World War by Proxy. Nonetheless, Beevor never manages to pierce the wall of acronyms and politicals, never manages to find an underdog to champion Spain under Franco was surely not a democratic place.

What I’m saying is that Beevor, perhaps in pursuit of “completeness” whatever that might beends up providing a level of detail that Cifil found simply indigestible. So many actors are involved, all with different motives—communists, anarchists, republicans, trade unionists, conservatives, falangists, carlists, monarchists, Basques, Catalans, Germans, Italians, Soviets, Americans, British, French—that presenting the war as a clean story is impossible.

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.


As they held the whip hand, their military strategy was dominated by instructions from Moscow; tactics that killed millions in the first world war and did not change before Stalingrad. Does it compare to his outstanding Stalingrad or Fall of Berlin? The book provides a rich detail of the war and gives the reader a more thorough understanding of the vicious political nature that ruptured Spain in the s.

Someone looking for a current book on the Spanish civil war. Other works also eclipsed Beevor. There are important additions. Nevertheless, this book does what I hoped it would: You have no idea how the leaders from both sides look like, think like or behave like. Ebevor Soviet Union and the Spanish Republic. Jan 15, Michael Gerald rated it really liked it. He clearly is sympathetic to the anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist cause, yet he raises some interesting issues of the CNT and FAI beefor Catalonia.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Do read it if you want to know what humanity is wad of at its worst. Download Image Download Image. Between civli and 12 March he Mola had meetings with other key conspirators: In general, the Comintern succeeded in obtaining great influence over the military, police, and government while only have a couple of seats in the cabinent, in part because the centralization they advocated was seen as desireable by a number beeevor the socialists and classical liberals.

This is the third book of Antony Beevor’s I have read. With new material gleaned from the Russian archives and numerous other sources, this brisk and accessible book Spain’s 1 bestseller for twelve weeksprovides a balanced and penetrating perspective, explaining the tensions that led to this terrible overture to World Cigil II and affording new insights into the war-its causes, course, and consequences.

Every detail is there down to the weaponry and logistics, the sad mistakes, the While, overall, the book is well-organized, I found the colorful and interesting minutia distracting throughout. Thus we see the nationalist army consolidating itself under Franco, while the republican side devolved into warring factions, more concerned with their utopian schemes than with winning the war.


As it turned out, the competition between Fascism and Communism–the Nationalists and Republicans in Spain–wasn’t even a very close thing. La autoridad sin la igualdad, poder sin justicia.

It was difficult to know whether the communists hated the fascist or the anarchists more from the way they behaved towards each other. Even if the book’s main focus isit would be useful to see how the Spanish Catholic-fascists served NATO and CIA interests through the Cold War, only to be undone by the cultural trends of modern secular life.

You have no idea how Spain is, at most Antony describes Madrid as some very centralist, conservative and poor place.

Neither right nor left was to blame. Fortunately, the other book I’m reading, by Paul Preston, is far more readable.

So the opening third of the book concentrates on the politics of Spain, both before and in the first months of the war. From these reports back to Moscow, it is clear that victory over Franco would have led to the same gulags, mass executions and iron-gripped totalitarianism as existed in the USSR at the time.

All in all, it is a pretty good read. I found this book nearly unreadable spanihs gave up on it within the first pages.

We can find any number of anarchist or Trotskyist reviews of the Spanish Civil War that heap blame on the Russians and the Comintern, and such blame is properly placed.

But there is no reason to assume that the qntony side would have behaved better. In order to sustain false claims made as fighting commenced, battles were often continued long after they were lost. There were classic novels by Hemingway, Malraux and Barea. The Rising of the Generals. As a result, the banks acquired huge profits for themselves and acquired commercial empires. Foreign artists and writers like Picasso, Orwell, and Hemingway lent their talents to the Republican cause, and tens of thousands of leftists came to Spain to fight Franco.