The Spanish Civil War

  • by Helen Graham
  • Narrated by Jonathan Davis
  • 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Amid the many catastrophes of the 20th century, the Spanish Civil War continues to exert a particular fascination among history buffs and the lay listener alike. This Very Short Intoduction integrates the political, social and cultural history of the Spanish Civil War, setting out the domestic and international context of the war. In addition to tracing the course of war, the book locates the war's origins in the cumulative social and cultural anxieties provoked by a process of rapid, uneven and accelerating modernism taking place all over Europe. This shared context is key to the continued sense of the war's importance.The book also examines the myriad of political polemics to which the war has given rise, as well as all of the latest historical debates. It assesses the impact of the war on Spain's transition to democracy and on the country's contemporary political culture.


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Very Short Introductions is the best collection!!

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.

* Hugely emotive and enduring subject that inspired writers such as Hemingway, Orwell, and Laurie Lee.
* Integrates the political, social, and cultural history of the civil war.
* Discusses the latest historical debates and applies a highly dramatic narrative, with plenty of personal experience woven into the analysis.
* Assesses the impact of the war on Spain's transition to democracy and its contemporary political culture.
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- Jose

Great Introduction - Viva la Republica!

As Spaniard, I am proud to read such good introduction from an English publisher.
The people who supported the Republic know that this is a very serious book. The people who supported Hitler and his comrades like Mussolini and Franco are complaining, as I can see in the other comments.
But the truth is, the Republic was ripped from the Spanish territory, and with the Republic, all democratic values.
This book helped me training my English while I was reading the book and listen to this audiobook at the same time.
I will wait for more Very Short Introductions. Thank you, Audible.
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- Jose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios