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

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Penguin, 2006 - History - 526 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  - Geoffrey Fox - Goodreads

I've been reading Antony Beevor, The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 (London: Phoenix, 2006), and just got through the intro and Part I, “Old Spain and the Second Republic”. It's a ... 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
Copyright

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Antony Beevor is the author of a number of histories, including The Fall of Berlin 1945 and Stalingrad, which has been published in twenty-three languages and was awarded the first Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Wolfson History Prize, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature.

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