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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It is no doubt invaluable as a reference tool as to what the myriad of factions were doing at any time, but truth is never so neat in practice. In fact, the Spanish civil war, widely regarded at the time as the dress rehearsal for the second world war, had produced a vast palimpsest of historical writing.

In Beevor’s view, the communist’s promises of blood became a self-fulfilling prophecy. This “must be” the most balanced account of the Spanish Civil War ever published.

To make matters worse, this conflict became the testing playground for Hitler and Stalin to play with their air toys. A tragedy, excellently told.

The Beevorised version

Good not only on the battle fronts but the social context and the plotting and posturing. He shows us the layers of conflict between the varying factions involved and the exploitations by outside powers. The description is obviously focused on the time of the events, but, as a Spaniard, I can see a lot of points made in this description that still hold true today.

The Spanish Civil War, Ill. Corruption was rife, inequalities profound. To ask other readers questions about The Battle for Spainplease sign up.

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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. He surveys the battlefield like an aerial observer; he reports power struggles like an investigative journalist.


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 War II and affording new insights into the war-its causes, course, and consequences. Jan 15, Michael Gerald rated it really soanish it.

For their part the two western democracies, France and Britain, shied away from involvement. Compiled by Martin Chilton. Even as Hitler, Franco, and Mussolini made their intentions known over and over to the work, the democratic powers sat on their collective asses.

The Stories in Our Genes. It was difficult to know whether the communists hated the fascist or the anarchists more from the way they behaved towards each other.

Nevertheless, this book does what I hoped it would: The not terribly sincere policy of non-intervention of Britain and France whose government might have been more sympathetic to the republic if it had not felt the need to follow the British lead was more of a hindrance to the republic than it was to the Nationalists.

After initial outrage, the French press promptly forgot the plight of these Spanish refugees. The second question is really another way of putting the first one: From the book’s onset it is quite evident that the war was arguably a much more convoluted affair than World War II, where the combatants and front lines were more clearly defined. Lists with This Book.

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War by Antony Beevor – Books – Hachette Australia

The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July is causing much reflection in Spain at the moment, and perhaps it ought to prompt some here, too.

The Rising of the Generals. The political parties in Spain only partially lined up as right-wingers and left-wingers and there was considerable overlap on many issues. Although the book 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.


Close cookie policy overlay. View all 5 comments. Jan 12, Alberto rated it really liked it. Religious fanaticism, political separatism and foreign intervention inflamed the violence in both cases.

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. The Civil War within the Civil War. It was hard to find a “good guy” in the conflict. This may be the case, but then he would have to explain why Spain was able to correct its track in the s, whereas the Soviet Union was unable to do so in the s If the Francoist economy was able to re-generate itself, it must have been because it was capable of re-generation.

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.

He also shows the duplicity of Hermann Goring and other Nazis, selling weapons to the Republicans while wiping them out with the Luftwaffe. Beevor has done a fine job. Whereas Beevor first said that Queipo de Llano captured Seville with men, he now says 4, No trivia or quizzes yet. But Beevor gives us the proper context by letting us know how everyone contributed to Spain’s dissolution. Please don’t give me the names of all 9 key conspirators!

Apr 12, Nick Black rated it liked it.