A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Battle of Arnhem To mark the 70th anniversary. To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War’s outbreak, Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter. The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July Antony Beevor – the bestselling author of Stalingrad and Berlin: The.
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The new edition of Beevor’s classical account of the Spanish Civil War does not disappoint the author’s many fans.
There is much else in this book of value to anarchists, in particular his revelations of how the British government actually aided Franco. Aug 17, Shawn rated it really liked it. In the light of Beevor’s discoveries in Moscow, it is worthwhile considering what would have happened if a Stalinist Spain, a satellite of the USSR, had emerged, as it easily might have done. Jul 17, Pinkyivan rated it really liked it. Additionally, the war was not a logical series of sequential events, but a conglomeration of simultaneous events over three years that lead to an uneasy conclusion.
He discusses the regular army and the International Brigade. As it turned out, the competition between Fascism and Communism–the Nationalists and Republicans in Spain–wasn’t even a very close thing.
The events that transpired could have only happened at that time. He has done what he saw as his job, of telling the overtly political events as clearly as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book, which explains pretty accurately not just the events that led to the proclamation of the 2nd Republic in Spainbut also is, I dare say, a insightful description of the Spanish national psyche.
He jumbles and inverts sentences and uses commas in ways that render his writing a total mess. Germany airlifted Franco’s troops from Africa to Spain inand later provided the insurgents with combat aircraft, artillery, and light tanks. It’s a marvelously clear, though overly concise, account of some of the key events and for this reason will be an excellent starting point for anyone new to the subject and a good refresher for those who already know some of it. Most of its foreign support, however, came from the Soviet Union, and came with a great deal of political baggage.
What I can tell you is that the Spanish people seem to have been caught in a tussle that would be overrun by external forces and sacrificed at a whim. Beevor is an excellent writer. At least one Nationalist boasted that his side killed ten leftists for every Nationalist killed by the Republicans p. Sometimes, everyone is to blame. Corruption was rife, inequalities profound. While it is often stated that the Spanish Civil War was a “proving ground” or a “pre-cursor” to World War II, Beevor clearly supports his belief that it was a world war by proxy.
The collapse of Soviet Communism has led to the release of archival material that proves conclusively just how Stalinist many of the key decision-makers of the Spanish Republic had become, and what they were planning to do if they won.
The narration is dry, just imagine “general xxx- never spoken before in the book- went to city yyy- never spoken before in the book, and you have no idea how the city is- and fought zzz leftist republican movement there”. I’ve recently read Antony Beevor’s outstanding history of the Spanish Civil War and he makes it shamefully clear that many in the highest political circles in England supported the military coup.
But antonu, an already questionable historical writing approach is beevvor poorly. Beevor tells us that this is only a pa “History is written by the winners,” reflects author, Anthony Beevor. It told a chronological, nuts-and-bolts story that held the reader’s attention. With new material gleaned from the Russian archives and numerous other sources, this brisk and accessible book Spain’s 1 bestseller for twelve weeksprovides a balanced and spnaish perspective, explaining the tensions that led to this terrible overture to World War II and affording new insights into the war-its causes, course, and consequences.
Some battalions were left on the front line for days consecutively. Jul 29, Dachokie rated it liked it Shelves: A number of dissenters and a handful of beveor were assassinated.
The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
The Battle of the Ebro. Officially packing it in.
No trivia or quizzes yet. This is a big book pages plus intro, notes, maps, index, etc. We can find any number of anarchist or Trotskyist reviews of the Spanish Civil War that heap blame on the Russians a 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.
More books by Befvor Beevor. Above all, he has Beevorised the book, given it the richness of detail and the narrative drive that made Stalingrad such a success. May 15, Mont rated it it was ok Shelves: In the long run this was to guarantee the success of the military coup, but it turned out to be an extremely long and bitterly fought war, lasting three long bloody years, until Aprilcosting upwards of a million civilian and military lives. For example, what were the imagined audiences for each one?
The introduction is nice, specially delineating the political context, but soon people and cities names are juggled around you, with no introduction, no explanation, no description, no flavour. Franco is wily as he sacrifices thousands of his men for political gains.
Review: The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor | Books | The Guardian
In practice, this means that, in direct contests, the extreme right will most often triumph over the extreme left, at least in the short-term; and yet in the long-term their emphasis on authority, obedience, and discipline produces unfair societies and unhappy populaces. Both sides committed numerous atrocities against their enemies, real and perceived. Religious fanaticism, political separatism antny foreign intervention inflamed the violence in both cases.