This Very Short Introduction offers a powerfully-written explanation of the war's complex origins and course, and explores its impact on a personal and international scale. It also provides an ethical reflection on the war in the context of Europe's tumultuous twentieth century, highlighting why it has inspired some of the greatest writers of our time, and how it continues to resonate today in Britain, continental Europe, and beyond.
Throughout the book, the focus is on the war as an arena of social change where ideas about culture were forged or resisted, and in which both Spaniards and non-Spaniards participated alike. These were
conflicts that during the Second World War would stretch from Franco's regime, which envisaged itself as part of the Nazi new order, to Europe and beyond. Accordingly, this book examines Spanish participation in European resistance movements during World War II and also the ongoing civil war waged politically, economically, judicially and culturally inside Spain by Francoism after its military victory in 1939. History writing itself became a battleground and the book charts the Franco regime's
attempt to appropriate the past. It also indicates its ultimate failure - as evident in new writings on the war and, above all, in the return of Republican memory now occurring in Spain during the
opening years of the twenty-first century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
`This is far and away the best short introduction to the Spanish Civil War that I have read in any language.'
Professor Paul Preston, European Institute, London School of Economics
1: Introduction: the origins of Spain's civil war
2: Rebellion, revolution, and repression
3: Mobilise and survive: the Republic at war
4: The making of Rebel Spain
5: The Republic besieged
6: Defeat and victory: the wars after the war
7: The uses of history
Series: Very Short Introductions
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 24th March 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 13.5
Weight (kg): 0.17