The Collapse of the Spanish Republic, 1933-1936: Origins of the Civil War

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Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - History - 432 pages
This book focuses on the short but crucial period that led to the collapse of the Spanish Republic and set the stage for the ensuing civil war. Stanley G. Payne, an internationally known scholar of modern Spanish history, details the political shifts that occurred from 1933 to 1936 and examines the actions and inactions of key actors during these years. Using their own memoirs, speeches, and declarations, he challenges previous perceptions of various major players, including President Alcalá Zamora.
 
The breakdown of political coalitions and the internal rifts between Spain’s bourgeois and labor classes sparked many instances of violent dissent in the mid-1930s. The book addresses the election of 1933 and the destabilizing insurrection that followed, Alcalá Zamora's failed attempts to control the major parties, and the backlash that resulted.  The alliances of the socialist left with communism and the right with fascism are also explored, as is the role of forces outside Spain in spurring the violence that eventually exploded into war.  
 

 

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It is extremely difficult to find resources on the Second Spanish Republic, let alone the Spanish Civil War, that are impartial. Stanley G. Payne is the leading historian on modern Spanish history ... Read full review

Contents

The Problem of Representative Government in Spain
1
1 The Republican Project
8
1933
26
3 The Revolutionary Insurrection of 1934
52
4 A Conservative Republic? 19341935
96
5 Frustration of the Parliamentary System
118
6 Toward the Popular Front
140
7 The Elections of February 1936
170
MayJune 1936
248
11 Competing Utopias
273
MayJuly 1936
294
13 The Military Conspiracy
308
14 The Assassination of Calvo Sotelo
319
Conclusion
339
Notes
369
Index
411

FebruaryMarch 1936
185
MarchMay 1936
215

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