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Comrades! Portraits from the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston

By Paul Preston

Publish yr note: initially released 1999
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A remarkable portrait of the Spanish Civil warfare from our best historian of Spain. ‘Anyone drawn to Spain will wish this book.‘ Alan Massie, day-by-day Telegraph

A bravura new interpretation of the direction, motives and characters of the Spanish Civil battle, nonetheless the 20th century’s bloodiest inner clash. research of the Civil warfare has continually enthusiastic about victors and vanquished, yet what of these who eschewed the fight, those that stood except the carnage and chaos? was once there a 3rd means? beginning on the severe correct of the political spectrum and relocating throughout it to the intense left, utilizing the emblematic lives of ten key members, Preston builds up an astonishingly vibrant photograph of ways the struggle got here to cross, and the way those that began, suffered and stopped it have been colored through the adventure.

Here are incredible mental profiles of the communist firebrand los angeles Pasionaria, of the canny falangist Primo de Rivera, of the aloof highbrow non-participant Salvador Madariaga, and of the enigma himself, Generalissimo Franco.

‘Comrades offers us with interesting graphics, case stories that illustrate variously the Aristocracy, vanity, self-delusion and evil. It is still tough to comprhend the passions that bring about civil struggle; yet this booklet is helping us to understand.’ Michael Portillo, Sunday Telegraph

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