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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User login Log in using OpenID: While making the usual criticism of the militias for lack of discipline, he points out that this was inevitable in their rapid formation and was something the anarchists sought to address. I don’t really fault Beevor for not posing these questions. Feb 24, David Nichols rated it really liked it Shelves: Books by Antony Beevor.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first part of the book, whic This “must be” the most balanced account of the Spanish Civil War ever published. Civil wars are even worse. The Propaganda War and the Intellectuals. A number of people who are ignorant of the Spanish Civil War might be tempted to view it in just black and white: So Antony Beevor’s revised history of the civil war, which vividly anatomises a state and a society in the process of disintegration, is a tract for our times.
The common perception of that devastating three-year struggle is of a crusade against Fascism in which idealistic young writers and workers from all over the world joined International Brigades in a brave but ultimately doomed struggle to save democracy.
Newcomers to the Spanish Civil War might have profited from thematic signposts amidst all the dense detail so that we might better understand the thrust of each chapter and section. In general, the Comintern succeeded in obtaining great influence over the military, police, and government while only have a couple of seats in the cabinent, in part because the centralization they advocated was seen as desireable spsnish a number of the socialists and classical liberals.
It is no doubt inval I found this book nearly unreadable and gave up on it within the first pages. A close circle of sycophants? Download Image Download Image. 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.
Half the nation went to bed hungry each night and anarchists said that “the sins wra the old corrupt system can only be washed away in blood”. He never lets the material run away from him, but compresses complex events into well-turned sentences.
Review: The Spanish Civil War by Antony Beevor | Anarchist Writers
I must say that of all the books that I have read by Beevor this one is most lacking in clarity and impact. But forces from across the political spectrum took turns weakening the Republic to further their own agenda: The military rebellion against the elected government had experienced troops and wxr technology on their side.
It is top-down narrative history at its worst. As you might expect, it is primarily a military history of the Spanish Revolution. Jul 25, Milton Soong added it. The Spanish Civil War Praise for The Battle for Spain: This is specially the case when the civil war proper, with military conflicts, starts.
The moderates who wanted reform and stability through peaceful, parliamentary means were caught in the middle. Login to post comments. There are maps to highlight the tthe major battles in the war, but they are unfortunately all displayed at the beginning of the book and not with their appropriate chapters.
The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by antony beevor
Histories of wars, particularly ones involving contested political domains, tend to focus either on the battles, the personalities, the international struggles, or other specific aspects. A first class analysis of a civil war in which the slaughtered were the civol jam filling in a an unpalatable sandwich, the slices of course being the extreme right and the far left.
He has published several popular histories on the Second World War and 20th century in general. Antony does it yet again, an excellent book exploring civip often confusing subject.
Jun 19, James Murphy rated it th liked it. The Battle for the Bridges. Film 50 great quotes about acting. The War in the North.
I certainly learned a lot from this book, but I’m also certain that I still could not explain the varied differences between the POUM, the CNT, the Anarcho-Syndaclists, nor really any of the many smaller factions within Spain circa the ‘s. He gives a balanced but bloodless account of the Spanish Civil Thee,which feels trustworthy because he criticizes both sides in equal measure; yet, he fails to help the reader understand beevot volcanic passions that motivated the participants and killed a half-million victims “Franco did not so much win the war: