A sibling of interwar Europe's other fascist regimes, Franco's Spain survived them all, growing to a feeble old age in an era of liberal democracy. This book looks beyond the mythology surrounding the origins of Franco's dictatorship to provide a critical overview of the regime as a whole. All phases of this history are covered: the dictatorship's emergence out of a bloody uprising against a democratic government; the "high period" of Francoism with all its poverty, hunger, and fear, as followed by a complex time of change and economic growth; and the final demise of Franco's reign amid open opposition and internal defections. Indeed, economic and social issue are as much a part this story as politics, and international relations find their place inFranco's Spain alongside purely domestic issues. The study also peers beyond the grave in its examination of the transition to democracy after Franco's death in 1975.
The best and most up-to-date coverage of the Franco regime for a student market. Professor Martin Blinkhorn, Lancaster University, an invaluable source for students [and] a thorough synthesis of recent historical analysis. English Historical Review excellent accounts of the socio-economic and cultural change under Franco's Spain and provides a much needed overview of Francoism, which will be widely read on undergraduate courses and by scholars of modern Spain. European History Quarterly well-written and well-presented students will love this book, with its useful bibliographies and clearly presented accounts. Readers with perhaps a more general interest in Spain will appreciate the easy structure of the book which guides the reader without losing a sense of the themes woven throughout the book. Democratizizcilion an invaluable text. Political Studies An invaluable source for students..a thorough synthesis of recent historical analysis.. The English Historical Review Excellent accounts of socio-economic and cultural change under Franco's Spain provides a much needed general overview of Francoism, which will be widely read on undergraduate courses and by scolars of modern Spain European History Quaterly Well-written and well-presented Students will love this book, with its useful bibliographies and clearly presented account Readers with perhaps a more general interest in Spain will appreciate easy structure of the book which guides the reader without losing a sense of the themes woven throughout the book. Democratzation This is invaluable text Political Studies Admirably wide-ranging up-to-date critical survey of the Franco regime History This impressive short history is an ideal introduction to an important, and ultimately unsuccessful challenge to liberal democracy in western Europe Political Studies Such a well-written book, which brings together the politics, economics, and cultureof Francoism is extremely welcome. English Historical Review Crisp masterly volume, provides a clear and convincing account of the Franco regime. Foreign Affairs An accessible and scholarly introduction to a period of recent Spanish history. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies