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The Spanish Civil War : a history and reference guide
Anderson, James Maxwell, 1933-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxviii, 221 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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On the morning of July 18, 1936, the Western World awoke to a new and threatening development in European affairs. A cabal of generals in Spain had rebelled against the legitimate and democratically elected Republican government. While the conflict had its own unique Spanish causes, this was not just another military uprising. The Spanish Civil War served as the opening act of World War II. The Spanish insurgents received immediate military aid from Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Soviet Russia supported The Republic, but the democratic countries of Europe and the United States opted for neutrality, denying military aid to either side. Spanish society disintegrated, and thousands were killed. The world was transfixed; the Civil War was the focal point of the mid-1930s, and ordinary people in all walks of life took sides in the highly charged emotional atmosphere.

Though the conflict ended some 60 years ago, its violent events still resonate in Spain. Brief biographies of major figures ranging from La Pasionara to Franco are included, as well as primary documents in translation, a timeline, a glossary, maps, and photos. For students, researchers, and general readers, this is the ideal place to begin investigating this exceedingly complex, fascinating, and ultimately tragic period in 20th century history.

Author Notes

JAMES M. ANDERSON is Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Canada. He has spent many years in Spain and Portugal both as a Fulbright Scholar and as the recipient of Canada Council and SSHRC grants, contributing numerous articles and books to the field of Iberian studies. He is author of 11 books, including The History of Portugal (Greenwood, 2000).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Chronology of Eventsp. xi
Overviewp. xxiii
Chapter 1 Prelude to Civil War: A Century of Conflictp. 1
Chapter 2 The Second Republic, 1931-1936p. 19
Chapter 3 Civil War, 1936p. 43
Chapter 4 Politics and Social Revolutionp. 67
Chapter 5 Foreign Reactionp. 83
Chapter 6 The Diminishing Republic and the International Brigadesp. 99
Chapter 7 Triumph and Despair, 1939-1945p. 121
Chapter 8 Women, Artists, Writers and Educatorsp. 133
Chapter 9 Aftermathp. 151
Biographies of Major Participantsp. 155
Primary Documents of the Warp. 175
Glossary of Selected Termsp. 197
Political Organizations and Leadersp. 201
Annotated Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 211