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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In the cities bourgeois dress and even forms of speech disappeared, socialist, communist and anarchist flags appeared everywhere. A total ofRepublicans were to have died during the war under prison conditions as well. Read the Anarchist FAQ. I must say that of all the books that I have read by Beevor this one is most lacking in clarity and impact.

I suppose this is one of the oldest questions of human societies. Nevertheless, Beevor shows us just how despicable Stalin’s Russia was, and the global Comintern movement, as represented by the NKVD and other agencies. As he points out, the Spanish Communist Party used the fact that Russia was the only major supplier of weapons to the Republic to deny the anarchist militias arms. Civil wars are even worse. Beevor makes some good points but the abridged version of his work that is available in English does not serve Beevor’s arguments well.

The Struggle for Control. The military rebellion against the elected government had experienced troops and military technology on their side. In the first week after its conquest by the nationalists, over 3, people were killed; and byanother 16, had been put to death. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Beevor tells us that this is only a part of the story. I am a fan of Antony Beevor. 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.

The Army of Africa and the Peoples Militias. While it is often stated that the Spanish Civil War was a “proving ground” or a “pre-cursor” to World War II, Beevor clearly supports his belief that it was a world war by proxy.


I read this book because the Spanish Civil War is mentioned all over the place, but — despite mauling the AP European History exam, enjoying Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia and Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms as an adolescent and knowing a thing or two about worldwide fascism of the 20th Century — I knew nothing of its combatants, their motivations, their dreams.

In this situation, in the Red Army probably wouldn’t have stopped in Central Germany, but might have moved on to France, the Benelux Countries and Italy.

The Spanish Civil War London: We trust the information but lose interest and energy before we unshovel it from all the gray concrete.

Beevor’s approach is fresh and different. There have been several hundred learned treatises written thee every aspect of the struggle, which Beevor synthesises here to alter substantially our view of what happened.

The Battle for Spain

Although the book is harrowing, given the human tragedy, the fact that Juan Carlos, hand-picked by Franco to rule as a royal dictator, moved the country rapidly towards full democracy, provides a profoundly satisfying conclusion. 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”.

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. He has published several popular histories on the Second World War and 20th century in general. Every facet of the conflict is approached, from propaganda to the bumbling meddling from Mussolini. The book would benefit from more maps, both to cover some of the smaller military campaigns, and more importantly a map showing the locations of the different traditional provinces of Spain.

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

The Nationalists’ air superiority ultimately proved decisive: Next time you want to pick up a thriller with serial killer, read this instead to see what real world killers are like, and maybe the next time they come around we can stop them!

While I personally found the book to be a challenging read, I finished it with a degree of satisfaction in that I learned more about the Spanish Civil War than I spanush ever spqnish.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. They differed among themselves about restoring the monarchy and there was tension between the Falange and Carlists rhe the extent of the church’s role. 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.

Beevor goes into extensive detailed about the formation and the makeup of the factions and parties within Spain. I read this book because spanisn Spanish Civil War is mentioned Amazon I really enjoyed the intimacy and depth of Beevor’s Stalingrad: He has done what he saw as his job, of telling the overtly political events as clearly as possible.

We can find any number of anarchist or Trotskyist reviews of the Spanish Civil War that heap blame on the Russians a Histories of wars, particularly ones involving contested political domains, tend to focus either on the battles, the personalities, the international struggles, or other specific aspects.

This war was caused by a perfect storm of political incompetence and served as the prelude to the world war. A number of people who are ignorant of the Spanish Civil War might be tempted to view it in just black and white: The Battle for Spain, which covers the Spanish Civil War, is a jaw dropping, mind blowing look at a clusterfck in motion.

Far from being intimidated by all this competition, Beevor has refashioned his book, more than two decades later, to take advantage of it. 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.

For a long time, we have regarded the Republicans including the communists who quickly assumed the leadership role who fought against Franco’s nationalists as early martyrs in the Great War Against fascism.