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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Franco won because he led a professional army, because the democracies 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 because the Republican leaders wasted their strenght in battles that couldn’t be won, but in which they engaged for political purposes.

Thw Carl Rogers Reader. Beevor shows a surprising understanding of anarchism, indeed his explanation of anarchism contains little I could disagree with and extends well beyond Spain, quoting the Italian revolutionary Errico Malatesta and referencing the Ukrainian Makhnovists.

First published init was regarded as a competent but not especially original account of the war. Instead he has to spend inordinate amounts of time explaining the fiendish complexities of Spanish politics, typified by the alphabet soup of initials identifying the various factions, and setting the struggle in its international context.

Many years agoI read the Hugh Thomas history of the Spanish Civil War and had gotten lost in the mazes and Babel of parties right, center, and left, each accompanied by its own acronym and ideology. While I personally found the book to be a challenging read, I finished it with a degree of satisfaction in that I learned more about the Spanish Civil War than I had ever anticipated.

However, be warned, Beevor’s style is somewhat dense. El primero es preferable moralmente y totalmente inadecuado en sus medios; y civi, segundo usa medios eficaces para cumplir objetivos injustos.

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

No trivia or quizzes yet. The Collapse of the Republic. I’ve recently read Antony Beevor’s outstanding history of the Spanish Civil War and he makes it dar clear that many in the highest political circles in England supported the military coup.


Just like his book about Stalingrad. A number of people who are ignorant of the Spanish Civil War might be tempted to view it in just black and white: Se cometieron masacres y ejecuciones en sspanish dos lados.

Antony Beevor is probably best-known today for his lengthy histories of the battles of Stalingrad and Berlin, but this earlier narrative history of the Spanish Civil War matches both of these later works for grim and gripping detail. I think for someone so ill-informed on this topic perhaps a smaller scope would have been more beneficial; I feed educated on the war, but a little brain dead after reading the specifics of battles that I do not quite have the knowledge to appreciate.

The Beevorised version

I found this book nearly unreadable and gave up on it within the first pages. A former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received a number of honorary doctorates. As it turned out, the competition between Fascism and Communism–the Nationalists and Republicans in Spain–wasn’t even a very close thing.

He doesn’t “paint” a picture of the time, of the context. History books Higher education reviews. I would recommend it only as a reference book for those with a deep love of straight up political history writing. He juggle carlistas, franquistas and others without ever giving better information.

Second, Beevor’s style of writing is poor. I must say that of all the books that I have read by Beevor this one is most lacking in clarity and impact. Even the International Brigades, which were often considered in a romantic light as a way for radicals around the world to help Spain, come in for some deserved criticism – though in many instances, members of the International Brigades were thrown into prison camps run by the NKVD!

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

The book would also benefit from a list, with short biographies, of the more important actors in the conflict, because it is hard to keep track of the many people who influenced the outcome. This is an excellent and well-written history although it is lengthy and detailed.


Beevor’s diagnosis can’t be faulted: As stated earlier, Beevor takes an all-encompassing approach to the spanisy with this clvil, and this should provide insight to most anyone wanting to learn more about the conflict.

It spainsh a struggle between ideologies, in which b Antony Beevor is probably best-known today for his lengthy histories of the battles of Stalingrad and Berlin, but this earlier narrative history of the Spanish Civil War matches both of these later works for grim and gripping detail.

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”. He puts the long-disputed figure of those executed after the surrender at around 50, to qar, Linguistic minorities were oppressed, and former opponents were mistreated to a horrid degree. 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.

Jan 12, John rated it it was ok Shelves: With these books, Beevor exhibited an amazing knack of detailing large-scale events in a captivating manner that somehow doesn’t lose the reader in ear minutia.

Hitler gets paid for his help with mineral resources, whereas Mussolini gives his help for free and wastes over 3 billion dollars in the process! Franco and Salazar would terrorize and sspanish the Iberian peninsula long after Hitler and Mussolini’s eviction; having read The Battle for SpainI couldn’t care less.

Apr 12, Nick Black civvil it liked it. They had excellent aircraft and began to bomb bervor areas in a war of attrition. Personalities within the conflict were less important to the author than were the ideologies.

Antony does it yet again, an excellent book exploring an often confusing subject.