The Spanish Holocaust by Paul Preston
Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

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...to place the repressions in broader perspective...his failure is absolute. There is not the slightest attempt to compare the atrocities in Spain with those in any of the other revolutionary civil wars of early-20th-century Europe.
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Long neglected by European historians, the unspeakable atrocities of Franco’s Spain are finally brought to tragic light in this definitive work.


Evoking such classics as Anne Applebaum’s Gulag and Robert Conquest’s The Great Terror, The Spanish Holocaust sheds light on one of the darkest and most unexamined eras of modern European history. As Spain finally reclaims its historical memory, a full picture can now be drawn of the atrocities of Franco’s Spain—from torture and judicial murders to the abuse of women and children. Paul Preston provides an unforgettable account of the systematic terror carried out by Spain’s fascist government.
 

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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 April 16, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 741 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by ADAM HOCHSCHILD on May 11 2012

Paul Preston’s magisterial account of the bloodshed of that era bears this out. Fascism may belong to the 20th century, but Franco’s grab for power evokes earlier times...

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Reviewed by Giles Tremlett on Mar 09 2012

Preston's excellent, spine-chilling narrative...explains just how deep Franco's early investment in terror was and, as a result, why he was able to draw on it for decades.

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Reviewed by Stanley G Payne on Apr 13 2012

...to place the repressions in broader perspective...his failure is absolute. There is not the slightest attempt to compare the atrocities in Spain with those in any of the other revolutionary civil wars of early-20th-century Europe.

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