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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Se cometieron masacres y ejecuciones en los dos lados.

Review: The Spanish Civil War by Antony Beevor | Anarchist Writers

He downplays the awfulness of a Communist-led Spain assuming that a native form of communism might have developed, and points to the leadership of Santiago Carrillo who in the s would develop the tenets of Eurocommunism as a positive sign. Half the nation went to bed hungry each night and anarchists said that “the sins of the old corrupt system can only be washed away in blood”.

As you might expect, it is primarily a military history of the Spanish Revolution. The second question is really another way of putting the first one: An excellent analysis of a conflict in which the Spanish people are the filling in a sandwich, the slices comprising a fight between the extreme right and extreme left. I don’t know why Antony writes his books like that.

The foremost general in the revolt was killed in an airplane accident and Francisco Franco consolidated power. The Battle for Spain, which covers the Spanish Civil Civi, is a jaw dropping, mind blowing look at a clusterfck in motion. There is much to praise here — but still, it left me unsatisfied. In both parts of the country there began to be reprisals against the ‘opponents’: Read the Antoony FAQ. I agree with Beevor’s analysis and conclusions. This website uses cookies. None of these groups worked together well, and the military and people under their banner suffered horribly because of that fact.

Return to Book Page. Above all, he has Beevorised the book, given it the richness of detail and the narrative drive beeevor made Stalingrad such a success. It was the anarchist and socialist trade unions which immediately rallied their members, and armed them with whatever was to hand. Both sides accused one another of lurid atrocities, and it is clear that by both the government and the Nationalists had adopted policies of political terror, including mass arrests and large-scale executions of their political opponents.


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He points out that in the areas where Franco’s forces seized power they did so precisely because the local spanihs organisations trusted the local government to control the army or were unable or unwilling to seize weapons.

They mounted the coup against the leftists and in the name of the Catholic Church and a mystical idea of an older, nobler Spain.

Religious fanaticism, political separatism and foreign intervention inflamed the violence in both cases. Far from being admired by the rest of the Republican army, the International Brigades were resented as foreigners and frequently used as cannon fodder to protect the lives of Spaniards. A tragedy, excellently told. Most soldiers did not know the extent of Stalinist penetration of their upper ranks, let alone the antong plans to liquidate their anarchist, Trotskyist, socialist and liberal comrades-in-arms the moment that victory was won.

Most of its foreign support, however, came from the Soviet Union, and came with s;anish great deal of political baggage. He has a lot of stuff to say about both sides of the conflict.

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by antony beevor

I learned a great deal about the Spanish Civil War from reading this book. The Stories in Our Genes.

Their defeat presaged a world war. This is a book well worth buying! Close cookie policy overlay. So England led ajtony democracies including America in imposing a ban on arms exports to the Spanish government. Open Preview See a Problem? This seems to show us a persistent feature of both the left and the right. Antony Beevor is probably best-known today for beevpr lengthy histories of the battles of Stalingrad and Berlin, but this earlier narrative history of the Spanish Civil War matches both of these later works for grim and gripping detail.

Using this website means you are okay with this but you can find out more and learn how to manage your cookie choices here. It’s a marvelously clear, though overly concise, account of psanish of the key events and for this reason will be an excellent starting point for anyone new to the subject and a good refresher for those who already know some of it.

Because I was intimidated by the complexity of the political events in Spain during the s I’d put off reading it. What I really want to know is—Why? They had excellent aircraft and began to bomb civilian areas in a wag of attrition.


The pro Leading up to the events of the aristocracy, ruling elite and the Roman Catholic Church has become more and more distanced from the realities of everyday life in Spain.

The number one bestselling historian in Britain, Beevor’s books have appeared in thirty-two languages and have sold just over seven million copies. Arms and the Diplomats. By its very nature, though, this is not a battle book. 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.

They also had major assistance both the German Nazi and Italian Fascist regimes, both of whom recognized from the start that the Spanish Civil War was the perfect testing ground for their machinery and tactics. Beevor tells us that this is only a pa “History is written by the winners,” reflects author, Anthony Beevor. But Beevor gives us the proper context by letting us know how everyone contributed to Spain’s dissolution.

Atrocities were commonplace as were revenge killings and political disappearances. But their coup had the unintended consequence of triggering the very revolution they feared: Whereas he first said that 1, people were killed at Guernica, he now says between and The civil war that tore Spain apart between and and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: When the right becomes extreme, it gravitates towards extreme authority at the expense of equality; and when the left is radicalized, the reverse happens, and equality is fetishized.

Furthermore, the communists invariably blamed defeats on treachery instead of incompetence, let alone on Russian weapons so antique that one consignment was named “the battery of Catherine the Great”. Beevor has done a fine job.

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