The Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston
Reaction, Revolution, and Revenge

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The definitive work on the Spanish Civil War, a classic of modern historical scholarship and a masterful narrative.

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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Paul Preston, author of The Spanish Civil War, Franco and Juan Carlos, and The Spanish Holocaust, is the world's foremost historian on twentieth-century Spain. A professor at the London School of Economics, he lives in London.
Published June 17, 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company. 402 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The Telegraph

Paul Preston decided to write this book after contributing to a catalogue for an exhibition on foreign correspondents in Spain.

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So the Army of Africa began a ruthless campaign in its own country against its own administration and its own people, and by April 1939 its sheer force of arms – aided throughout by troops, weapons and munitions of Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy – had succeeded in overthrowing the legiti...

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