The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution and Revenge
Paul Preston is the world's foremost historian of Spain. This surging history recounts the struggles of the 1936 war in which more than 3,000 Americans took up arms. Tracking the emergence of Francisco Franco's brutal (and, ultimately, extraordinarily durable) fascist dictatorship, Preston assesses the ways in which the Spanish Civil War presaged the Second World War that ensued so rapidly after it.
The attempted social revolution in Spain awakened progressive hopes during the Depression, but the conflict quickly escalated into a new and horrific form of warfare. As Preston shows, the unprecedented levels of brutality were burned into the American consciousness as never before by the revolutionary war reporting of Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Herbert Matthews, Vincent Sheean, Louis Fischer, and many others. Completely revised, including previously unseen material on Franco's treatment of women in wartime prisons, The Spanish Civil War is a classic work on this pivotal epoch in the twentieth century.
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Preston's treatise was praised by critics when it debuted in 1986. This edition has been revised and expanded with new info, including details on Franco's treatment of imprisoned women. One of the best books on the subject is now even better. Read full review
The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution, and Revenge has proven to be a valuable resource to me as I embark on a study of what was previously unknown to me, a part of world history I have never been exposed to or called upon to research. Fascinating and so wonderfully arranged within the greater context of the history, the time, and the culture--it is without a doubt a grand framework of understanding for me as I begin my study of modern Spanish literature.