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Franco Paperback – August 21, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0582437531 ISBN-10: 0582437539 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (August 21, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582437539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582437531
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An admirably good job of introducing the general public to Francisco Franco. For all Ellwood's succinctness, her book is intelligently written and takes great care that brevity does not lead to over-simplification or distortion of the issues.'The Historian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Francisco Franco is the most important and controversial figure in the emergence of modern Spain

* How did Franco rise to power and of what use did he make of it?
* Examines the formative influences on Franco.
* Traces his vision for Spain and his success or failure at realizing it.
Francisco Franco was a military man before all else. His supporters said that his handling of politics was that of a brilliant strategist, his detractors that he ran Spain as if it were a barracks. He remains a deeply divisive figure, and his contribution, for good or ill, to the emergence of modern Spain is still intensely controversial. Franco is an excellent account of the Generalissimo's rise to power and his four decades as autocratic Head of State in Spain. Set in the context of the social, economic and political evolution of twentieth-century Spain, Sheelagh Ellwood assesses his career, through the Civil War and his forty years of supreme power, and reveals the personal characteristics that enabled Franco to take advantage of those circumstances. Franco, in the Profiles in Power series, is not a biography, though inevitably it contains much biographical material, it instead analyzes the major features, achievements and failures of Franco's career.

Sheelagh Elwood is research analysis for the Iberian Peninsula in the Research and Analysis Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London.

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8 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lehigh History Student VINE VOICE on July 29, 2007
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Francisco Franco was a brutal dictator that ruled Spain with an iron fist after assuming power in the Spanish Civil War. Ellwood's book seeks to look at his life and time in power. This is not a day by day account of Franco but a look at his legacy and general actions. The book goes through several phases of his life and does an excellent job of detailing what was happening in Spain without getting lost in those details. The profile in power series does an excellent job for those starting out in the subject and this book is no exception. For those wanting to understand how Franco and Spain developed during his reign this is a great book. If you want an in-depth look at the Spanish Civil War or the post war years in Spain you will want to look elsewhere. Generally you are left with the feeling that you have enough information on the subject but there are always a few spots in each profile that leave you wanting a little more information.
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