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In recent years there have been several studies of the post-Franco transition. Payne, a veteran historian of modern Spain, judges the time to be ripe for a fresh overview of the Franco regime itself. He focuses on the political history of the Franco years, with lesser attention to economic and other developments. Payne struggles to give the Franco of the Civil War every possible credit, assuming Republican bias on the part of the reader. He is less gentle with the regime in reporting on the repression and World War II periods. On the whole, his is a balanced and coherent treatmentnot light reading, but accessible to any serious reader. Well done and highly recommended. Nancy C. Cridland, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington
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“The most substantial contribution to our understanding the political history of Francoist Spain. Its tone is gruff, its learning staggering.”—Raymond Carr, New York Review of Books



“With the publication of Stanley G. Payne’s massive and eminently judicious study we at last have the means of understanding the man and his regime. . . . The most solidly based and sanely balanced book yet to appear on this difficult subject.”—Paul Preston, New York Times



“A reference work essential for every historian of twentieth-century Europe.”—Robert Whealey, American Historical Review

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  • Paperback: 677 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299110745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299110741
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a very thorough, carefully referenced, and clearly written narrative and analysis of Franco's tenure as the autocrat of Spain. Payne begins with a concise introduction to the relevant background of Spanish politics and the origins of the Civil War, providing a nice overview of the major ideological currents and which of these currents is likely to have had the greatest influence on Franco. Payne's discussion of the origin of the Civil War is probably the most controversial part of the book. His position, laid out extensively in a prior book is that the actions of the Spanish Leftist and Radical parties were the primary contributors to the demise of the Second Republic. Payne's points are well taken but other scholars have tended to emphasize the role of the right in destabilizing the Second Republic. Payne then provides a nice overview of the Civil War, concentrating on the politics of the Nationalist side, the development of Nationalist ideology, and Franco's role as the eventual leader of the Nationalist movement. The narrative of Franco's participation in and leadership of the Nationalist cause shows the qualities that characterize his whole career as the Dictator of Spain. Cautious, thorough, tenacious once committed but politically flexible, and a very good judge of subordinates. The Nationalist triumph in the Civil War derived to a large extent from Franco's military professionalism. While certainly not an outstanding commander, his competence and the unity command inherent in having a single leader gave the Nationalists a substantial advantage over the Republicans. Payne divides the subsequent regime into 3 phases.Read more ›
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I can still remember the many radio news broadcasts of my youth where the announcer said "Generalisimo Francisco Franco." Never General Franco or Spanish head of state Franco, always the full title. In terms of his leadership and his role in the world, there is a great deal to be impressed about. Of course, like so many "dictators for life" he lived about a decade too long. In this engaging and complete history of Franco's accomplishments, we learn of his successes, mistakes and firm grip on what was generally a rather light-handed dictatorship.
What was most impressive about Franco was his ability to play all sides against each other. As a history professor friend of mine says, "The Spanish Republic was a strange animal." With so many factions so bitterly opposed, it was inevitable that a conservative backlash would occur against the republic. Given that the political middle had essentially disappeared in Europe and another war was obviously on the horizon, it was inevitable that the Spanish Civil War become international in scope. Franco was a leader of the insurrection and his final rise to power was largely due to the support of Mussolini and Hitler, and not insignificantly, the Catholic Church. However, even though he was also ideologically disposed to favor the fascist states in the Second World War, Franco was largely able to keep Spain out of the war. Furthermore, despite the hostility of the victorious democracies after the war, he was able to remain in power and preside over an economic expansion unprecedented in the history of Spain.
Payne examines all aspects of the reign of Franco in explicit detail. Statistics from economic productivity to the crime rate and number of executions per year are all used to explain the successes and weaknesses of the Franco government.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul G. Nordstrom on July 17, 2002
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We tend to think of dictatorships in a very specific way. One man cannot rule alone and this book describes the political manuvering and the ideological underpinnings of Franco's Spain. I was surprised that Fascist Italy was the ideological wellspring for the Iberians. I found particularly interesting the idea of Corporatism as a means of organizing society.
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