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 Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by antony beevor

Beevor does a good job in that regard. Penguin- History – pages. The affluent were no less ferocious.

By June it would have made more sense for Hitler to have invaded Spain than Russia, leading to the loss to the Allies of Gibraltar and the strategically vital western Mediterranean, which in real life Franco’s neutrality effectively protected.

The Battle for Spain: The Battles of aar Jarama and Guadalajara. And if the Communists had been in power in Spain init is hard to imagine that Portugal wouldn’t have gone communist as well it nearly did, in beevlr s.

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

However, the first edition was overshadowed by Hugh Thomas’s masterpiece, which had itself been recently revised and enlarged. I say “must be” because this is the first one that I have read in its entirety up to now, I had only read the first volume of Hugh Thomas’ book, which was good, but left me a bit cold, to beevod honest so I don’t think I would be fair if I said that it is the best and most balanced, in spite of having read reviews in the Spanish press that point in that direction.

On the republican side, important soanish decisions were made for political reasons; political propaganda was so pervasive that leaders felt blindly sure they would win, and tried to act to justify their boastful predictions. The Spanish Civil War London: Beevor makes all this clear, and his account is comprehensive, full. Its author cannot consistently display his greatest strength, the depiction of exciting military set-pieces.


But he has not only stood on the shoulders of giants, he has conducted research in German and Russian archives to throw fresh light on the story. If there was one suggestion I’d make to Beevor, it would be to add a few pages to talk about the declining years of Franco leading to his death in He does what he can in his account to keep the fog away, to keep the parties and acryoyms tidily arranged and compartmented in ranks and files for reader ease.

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Review: The Spanish Civil War by Antony Beevor | Anarchist Writers

Britain’s press generally supported Franco, and its government tried to prevent British ships from delivering aid to the Republicans. Some battalions were left on the front line for days consecutively.

Beevor shows a surprising understanding of anarchism, indeed his explanation of anarchism contains little I could disagree with and extends well beyond Sntony, quoting the Italian revolutionary Errico Malatesta and referencing the Cicil Makhnovists.

As he points out, the Spanish Communist Party used the fact that Russia was the only major supplier of weapons to the Republic to deny the anarchist militias arms. The psychopathic 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”.

In both parts of the country there began to be reprisals against the ‘opponents’: For some reason, all of the dar are placed in the front like in a novel and that makes it difficult to refer while you are studying the battle or situation. Just like his book about Stalingrad. Communists treated political allies, such as anarchists and “Trotskyites”, as ideological foes, to be tortured, murdered or locked up in lunatic asylums.

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War, – Antony Beevor – Google Books

It will not be the last. There is no reason to assume that they wouldn’t have behaved as their fellows did in North Korea or in Eastern Europe.


He shows us the layers of conflict between the varying factions involved and the exploitations by outside powers. Does spanjsh compare to his outstanding Stalingrad or Fall of Berlin? Although Franco and his fellow generals were often not very good strategists, their forces were more competent tactically and their Italian and especially German allies were more competent and more willing to extend credit than the Soviets were on the Republician side. I am a fan of Antony Beevor.

This book is not a good introduction to the Spanish Civil War for readers unfamiliar with the intricacies of Spanish politics, geography, government, religion, and military of the early 20th Century.

In any case, as I put down this book, I am left with a dark picture lightened by very few bright patches. The Battle for Spain, which covers the Spanish Civil War, is a jaw dropping, mind blowing look at a clusterfck in motion. It is this section that is perhaps most interesting. Even if the book’s main focus isit would be useful to see how the Spanish Catholic-fascists served NATO civkl CIA interests through the Cold War, only to be undone by the cultural trends of modern secular life.

There were brilliant documentaries by Orwell and Koestler. Franco won because he led a professional army, because the yhe did nothing to help the Republic, because the fascists and the communists helped their allies but the fascists did a better jobbecause the Republic’s defenders were divided between a liberal, social-democratic wing and a millenarian anarcho-soviet wing and they couldn’t get their act together, and qar the Republican leaders wasted their strenght in battles that couldn’t be won, but in which they engaged for political purposes.