The Coming of the Spanish Civil War: Reform, Reaction, and Revolution in the Second Republic

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Routledge, 1994 - History - 355 pages
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The breakdown of democracy in Spain in the 1930s resulted in a torrent of political and military violence. In this thoroughly revised edition of his classic text, Paul Preston provides a deeply disturbing explanation of the democratic collapse, coherently and excitingly outlining the social and economic background.

Since the first edition of this book was completed more than fifteen years ago, archives have been opened up, the diaries, letters and memoirs of major protagonists have been published and there have been innumerable studies of the politics of the Republic, of parties, unions, elections and social conflict, national and provincial. This edition updates the original text as exhaustively as possible to take account of the new material.

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Paul Preston is Principe de Asturias Professor and Director of the Canada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies at the London School of Economics. A leading historian of modern Spain, he is the author of 'Franco: A Biography, ' 'A Concise History of the Spanish Civil War, ' and 'Comrades.' He lives in London.

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