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Spanish Republic and the Civil War, 1931-1939 [Kindle Edition]

Gabriel Jackson
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At the time of its occurrence, the Spanish Civil War epitomized for the Western world the confrontation of democracy, fascism, and communism. An entire generation of Englishmen and Americans felt a deeper emotional involvement in that war than in any other world event of their lifetimes, including the Second World War. On the Continent, its "lessons," as interpreted by participants of many nationalities, have played an important role in the politics of both Western Europe and the People's Democracies. Everywhere in the Western world, readers of history have noted parallels between the Spanish Republic of 1931 and the revolutionary governments which existed in France and Central Europe during the year 1848. The Austrian revolt of October 1934, reminded participants and observers alike of the Paris Commune of 1871, and even the most politically unsophisticated observers could see in the Spain of 1936 all the ideological and class conflicts which had characterized revolutionary France of 1789 and revolutionary Russia of 1917.

It is not surprising, therefore, that the worthwhile books on the Spanish Civil War have almost all emphasized its international ramifications and have discussed its political crises entirely in the vocabulary of the French and Russian revolutions. Relatively few of the foreign participants realized that the Civil War had arisen out of specifically Spanish circumstances. Few of them knew the history of the Second Spanish Republic, which for five years prior to the war had been grappling with the problems of what we now call an "underdeveloped nation."

In Spanish Republic and the Civil War, Gabriel Jackson expounds the history of the Second Republic and the Civil War primarily as seen from within Spain.

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"Mr. Jackson's account of these events is altogether excellent. His book has balance and humanity. It paints fully in depth issues that have been hitherto brushed out lightly; the Republic's economic and financial policies; what he calls the 'limits on suffering and destruction' in the war itself. It is a highly readable book which is at the same time a scholarly description of a great and grim historic tragedy."--Raymon Carr, New York Review of Books

"It is no exaggeration to say that Jackson's book, written with a fine and forceful combination of personal involvement and professional detachment, is . . . the first comprehensive and trustworthy account in English. The book is much more than a chroicle. It is also an interpretation of the Republic's place in Spanish history, an interpretation comparable in its excellence to Georges LeFebvre's celebrated study of the French Revolution. We are not likely for a long time to have a book that better deserves the cheapened adjective definitive."--Allen Guttmann, Commentary

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  • File Size: 10124 KB
  • Print Length: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (July 21, 1987)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best single-volume study of Republic and Civil War November 19, 2001
I am astounded that no one has yet reviewed this book. Originally published in 1965, it remains the classic center-left interpretation of the Republic and Civil War. It is unsurpassed in its scope, balance,, interpretation and research. For those looking for a less sympathetic treatment of the Republic--that is, a more conservative view-- see Stanley Payne, Spain'S First Democracy: The Second Republic, 1931-1936.
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Gabriel Jackson has certainly performed admirably and has done a meticulously-outstanding job in writing this work. There are details galore throughout the book, covering the advent of the Second Republic of Spain , proclaimed on April 14, 1931 right through the very finale of the Spanish Civil War, which began on July 17-18, 1936 and ended April 1 , 1939. Words cannot express what a grand job Mr. Jackson has done---not only is the text rivetting and highly-detailed ,covering EVERY facet of the Civil War itself, from domestic (social, economic, political and military--officers corps, Army, Navy and Air Force) to foreign scope ( Military intervention from abroad)and all in between, but he injects the results of his extensive research in the form of statistics, facts and figures, direct and to the point! Conclusively, I found this book relatively difficult to put down. HOWEVER: I do have one small little bone to pick with Mr. Jackson! On the topic of the Republican Assault Guards, I noticed a few discrepancies. Bear in mind that this paramilitary police force, established in 1932 by the Republic itself, was staunchly LOYAL to the Republican government at the outbreak of the Civil War. He states in one section of the book, upon introducing this police force to the reader, that "in principle, the Assault Guards were unarmed"; not certain what he meant by "in principle", but this police organization was paramilitary, LIKE their Civil Guard counterparts (the Civil Guard was founded in the 19th Century- namely 1841 - by the Duke of Alba and was infamous for its brutality in handling situations/ the Assault Guards were introduced by the Republican government -and subsequently favored by the public - for the purpose of identifying with the population in a more benevolent and democratic fashion. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good study of the Republic and civil war July 9, 2014
By Pedro
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This book should be read in addition to the books by Hugh Thomas, Stanley G. Payne, and Paul Preston. The only criticism I have is that Jackson has never revised this book since its publication in 1965. His figures for the Republican atrocities are understated by 30,000 lives. His estimate for the worst Republican atrocity is understated by 1000 lives. Apart from these two errors the book is very good. There is not much detail on the battles. The material covering events subsequent to the military rising in July 1936 stands out.
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