Friday, September 20, 2013

More Spanish History

Well, I'm now on my second book in the reading pile: Franco and Hitler by Stanley Payne.  He too assumes I come to the book with more background knowledge than I do, is there a primer?

But I like this quote:
"The civil war...became probably the most mythic event of the twentieth century, most frequently, if inaccurately, described as a contest between democracy and fascism.  More than a little fascism was involved but there was no real democracy on either side." page 4 &5

in mid August I posted on Facebook:
staying up reading Spanish History because I picked up the copy of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" that my dad gave to me eons ago and realized I have no idea what he's talking about... the Spanish Civil War was fought because why?
the answers:
A.E. said: Excellent book! 
Political and economic upheaval in the wake of WWI led to social unrest culminating in a military coup, which brought fascists into power. No bueno.
M.R. said:  I've wanted to read more about that, too. Glad you're pursuing it.
T.M. said: US and Russian pilots flew on the communist side against Germans who flew on the fascist side as Hitler helped out his pal Franco. The Germans debued their frontline fighter there, the ME-109, that pretty much outclassed all the left over mid 20's fighters the reds had. The painting Guernica is based on a German bombing raid on the Basque town of that name. Badajoz (on the arc de triumph by the way) was also bombed during the civil war but i dont know which side. Excellent book )
so according to Payne both A and T get bonus points for not saying "democracy"
but still...

here is another Payne quote:
It is somewhat surprising that the Spanish revolution of 1936-39 is sometimes all but ignored in the comparative history of twentieth-century revolutions, for three reasons: a. the SPanish revolution was soon completely defeated and history prefers winners b.both Republicans and the Comintern denied the reality of revolution in order to avoid alienating opinion in the capitalist Western democracies and c. nearly all the major left-collectivist revolutions of the century were largely one-party Communist revolutions, whereas the Spanish revolution was semi-pluralist, the largest revolutionary movements being held by anarchosundicalist and Socialist not Communist. pg 5

On page 6 he says that approximately 55,000 people were killed. most of them between July - December 1936.


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1 comment:

troutbirder said...

Ok I don't know a whole lot about it either. A big hole in my resume. I do know Hitler tried to get Franco to commit to his side in WWII and wily Franco not sure who'd win made excuses and kept to the sideline.