The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2006 - History - 560 pages
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A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall Of Berlin 1945

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 and hard-fought wars of the twentieth century. With new material gleaned from the Russian archives and numerous other sources, this brisk and accessible book (Spain's #1 bestseller for twelve weeks), provides 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.


  

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Review: The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

User Review  - Chanticleer - Goodreads

This was not the best way for me to get into the Spanish Civil War. I need to know the reasons why before going into battle detail. I got bogged down in the dozen+ factions that constitute the ... Read full review

Review: The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

User Review  - Wesley Gerrard - Goodreads

This is a definitive history of the Spanish Civil War. The book has been regarded by the Spanish themselves as one of the best-researched volumes on this dark period of turmoil in their country's ... Read full review

Contents

Their Most Catholic Majesties
3
Royal Exit
11
The Second Republic
21
The Popular Front
34
The Fatal Paradox
44
The War of Two Spains
53
The Rising of the Generals
55
The Struggle for Control
71
The Struggle for Power
253
The Civil War within the Civil War
263
The Battle of Brunete
274
The Beleaguered Republic
287
The War in Aragon
294
The Destruction of the Northern Front and of Republican Idealism
301
The Route to Disaster
311
The Battle of Teruel and Francos Victorious Sword
313

The Red Terror
81
The White Terror
88
The Nationalist Zone
95
The Republican Zone
102
The Army of Africa and the Peoples Militias
115
The Civil War Becomes International
129
Arms and the Diplomats
131
Sovereign States
142
The Soviet Union and the Spanish Republic
150
The International Brigades and the Soviet Advisers
157
The Battle for Madrid
166
World War by Proxy
187
The Metamorphosis of the War
189
The Battles of the Jarama and Guadalajara
208
The War in the North
223
The Propaganda War and the Intellectuals
239
Internal Tensions
251
Hopes of Peace Destroyed
328
Arriba Espafia
340
The Battle of the Ebro
349
The Republic in the European Crisis
360
The Fall of Catalonia
371
The Collapse of the Republic
384
Vae Victis
399
The New Spain and the Franquist Gulag
401
The Exiles and the Second World War
410
The Unfinished War
419
Lost Causes
425
BIBLIOGRAPHY
433
SOURCES
450
NOTES
451
INDEX
495
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About the author (2006)

Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst, where he studied under John Keegan. A regular officer with the 11th Hussars, he left the Army to write. He has published four novels, and seven works of non-fiction. They include The Spanish Civil War; Inside the British Army; Crete—The Battle and the Resistance, which was awarded a Runciman Prize, and Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949 (written with his wife Artemis Cooper). He has also been contributed to several books including The British Army, Manpower and Society into the Twenty-First Century, edited by Hew Strachan and to a forthcoming book on the Eastern Front in World War II in honour of the late John Erickson.

Stalingrad, first published in 1998, won the first Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature in 1999. The British edition, a number one bestseller in both hardback and paperback, has so far sold over 600,000 copies, and the book has been translated into twenty-four languages. The Fall of Berlin 1945, published in 2002, was accompanied by a BBC Timewatch programme on his research into the subject. The book will also be appearing in twenty-four foreign editions. It was a No. 1 Bestseller in seven countries apart from Britain, and in the top five in another nine countries. The two books between them have already sold over two million copies. His latest book, The Mystery of Olga Chekhova, describes the experiences of the Chekhov and Knipper families from before the Russian revolution until after the Second World War.

Antony Beevor was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government in 1997 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999. He was the 2002-2003 Lees-Knowles lecturer at Cambridge. In 2003, he received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award. He is a member of the management committee of the Society of Authors and of the London Library. He is also Visiting Professor at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London. In September 2003, he took over from Philip Pullman as Chairman of the Society of Authors. In July 2004, he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent. He is currently a judge of the British Academy Book Prize and a member of the Samuel Johnson Prize steering committee.

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