The Spanish Second Republic Revisited

From Democratic Hopes to Civil War (1931-1936)

Edited by: Manuel Álvarez Tardío, Fernando del Rey Reguillo

Contributions by: Nick Rider

The Spanish Civil War is one of the most studied events in modern European history. Its origins - that is to say the politics of the Second Republic (1931-1936) - have been much debated. The Republican period has been much idealized and, in particular, the myth of Spanish democracy beset by fascism - of which Franco was its leading figure - has been much cultivated. But was this really the case? Recently, historians of the Republic have proposed a new and non-ideological perspective on the 1930s. Spain's path was at once different, yet in many ways similar to that of Europe during the interwar period. The Spanish Second Republic Revisited brings together leading and innovative specialists to analyze the main obstacles to the consolidation of democracy in Spain and to debate the principal stereotypes of the traditional historiography of both left and right. The issues addressed include: the breakdown of democracy * whether the Spanish Confederation of the Autonomous Right (Confederation Espanola de Derechas Autonomas - CEDA) was an opportunity or a threat * the centrist appeal under the Republic * how the elections were viewed and conducted * the transformation of fascism * new revelations about the Communist party * the politics of exclusion at the local level * the perceived necessity for repression * new perspectives on the Civil Guard * the role of intellectuals in the Republic * revisionism and sectarian history. The Spanish Second Republic Revisited offers a new and dynamic vision of why Spanish democracy failed to consolidate itself and why it finally fell into the terror of civil war. The book will be essential reading for all those interested in modern European history. (Series: Sussex Studies In Spanish History) "This important volume, devoted to key movements and moments in the Republic, is a collection of 15 articles by such historians, most of whom are Spanish. Their work is both powerful and provocative, and will invite both severe criticism and thoughtful engagement. Essential reading." Choice, October 2012, Vol. 50 No. 02

290 pages

Publication Date: 3/1/2012
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781845194598

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