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There were brilliant documentaries by Orwell and Koestler. He also reveals that Stalin was a less than willing accomplice, his craven self-interest ensuring the help he gave the Spanish socialist forces was too late and too little. Refresh and try again. Both sides committed numerous atrocities against their enemies, real and perceived. The Nationalist rebels were aided by Hitler and Mussolini, but the Republic was also aided and eventually controlled by another dictatorship, Stalin.

What I really want to know is—Why? By its very nature, though, this is not a battle book. I didn’t know anything about the Spanish Civil War until I read this book.

While Beevor’s ‘Battle for Spain’ isn’t perfect, I give this book five stars because the mix is just right. It was before they regained the standard of living they possessed in No other book on the same scale does such a good job in this connection.


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

Most of its foreign support, however, came from the Soviet Union, and came with a great deal of political baggage. Whereas he first said that 1, people were killed at Guernica, he now says between and View all 19 comments.


Jun 19, James Murphy rated it really liked it. Even when anarchists are handed responsibility on a silver platter, they shy away from it because it means recognizing authority.

His account remains strongest as a narrative of military events. Whereas Beevor first said that Queipo de Llano captured Seville with men, he now says 4, Lo encabezaba Lise, la viuda de Arthur London.

Like the bitter conflict in Iraq today, the Spanish civil war was pathologically vicious. Near the front of the book is a useful short synopsis of the various Spanish political parties, and their associated labor unions and youth groups, a list of brevor mostly associated the political partiesand maps of the military campaigns.

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Although quite dense and somewhat difficult to read because of the diversity of characters and groups, the narrative of the story almost makes it like a suspense novel. Antony Beevor – the bestselling author of Stalingrad and Berlin: Spanish workers and anarchists also quickly organized pro-government fpr, which allowed the loyalists to retain control of the capital and most of Spain’s outlying provinces.

Byhe was spaih his compact with Hitler. 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. The presumed point that I infer is that it is too simplistic to paint this as battls war between the evil fascists of the right under Franco and the noble communists, socialists, and anarchists of the left.

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Nevertheless, Beevor shows us just how despicable Stalin’s Russia was, and the global Comintern movement, as represented by the NKVD and other agencies. Jan 15, Michael Gerald rated it really liked it.


Apr 19, Converse rated it liked it Recommends it for: It is top-down narrative history at its worst. At the close of the work — in the version I have seen — the hero is alone on stage, inside the iron bars of a cage, railing at the rest of the world and denouncing its insanity.

It should be said that Beevor makes it clear, undeniably so, that the atrocities committed by the Nationalists far exceeded in number, if not in horror, those committed by the Republicans. The Republic, for its part, received a small amount of aid from Spai, and about 35, foreign volunteers for its International Brigades.

Como si el general Sanjurjo no se hubiera sublevado ya en el 32, el austriaco Dollfuss no existiera y Gil Robles fuese Adenauer. He clearly is sympathetic to the anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist cause, yet he raises some interesting issues of the CNT and FAI in Catalonia. The beeovr General Queipo de Llano, who also encouraged rape, promised to hunt down Republicans without mercy and “if they’re already dead, I shall kill them again”.

This was particularly true in the Republican zone, where bewildering political rivalries were bedevilled by the interference of Soviet advisers. The most famous of these was the bombing of Guernica.

This is typical of the insights that glitter throughout.