A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Battle of Arnhem To mark the 70th anniversary. To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War’s outbreak, Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter. The 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July Antony Beevor – the bestselling author of Stalingrad and Berlin: The.

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The Civil War Becomes International. The number one bestselling historian in Britain, Beevor’s books have appeared in thirty-two languages and have sold just over seven million copies. Please don’t give me the names of all 9 key conspirators! No wonder Eric Blair George Orwell and some others were disillusioned by their experience as volunteers during the war.

In Beevor’s view, the communist’s promises of blood became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Nonetheless, Beevor never manages to cifil the wall of acronyms and politicals, never manages to find an underdog to champion The Spanish Second Republic obtained a idealism and moral identity it probably had not earned although the democratically elected government of was clearly not the same that was driven out in It’s a combination of poor organization beevlr hard to figure spanksh at any given point where he is going with things – he makes detours from a purely chronological account for no apparent reason and excessive, mind-numbing detail in places.

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War by antony beevor – Telegraph

So the opening third of the book concentrates on the politics of Spain, both before and in the first months of the war. The first two of these provided substantial assistance to the Nationalists. Economic reforms were proving inadequate and, in many cases, counterproductive to the depression and rural areas were struck hard.

It will not be the last. We can amtony any number of antoy or Trotskyist reviews of the Spanish Civil War that heap blame on the Russians a Histories of wars, particularly ones involving contested political domains, tend to focus either on the battles, the personalities, the international struggles, or other specific aspects.

May 27, Czarny Pies rated it liked it Recommends it for: In the long run this was to guarantee the success of the military coup, but it turned out to be an extremely long and bitterly fought war, lasting three long bloody years, until Aprilcosting upwards of a million civilian and military lives.

What a depressingly confusing and unmitigated mess human history can be. They may have made their government and its armed forces more united and efficient, but they also cost themselves the support of those who wanted to fight a revolutionary war, and whose high morale would have been invaluable.


Everyone is in here: The fact that he has such a big audience is only proof of how quality and quantity is lacking in military history. There was astonishing bravery on both sides on the battle front in the face of military incompetence and political skulduggery.

So although the present work replicates the structure and often echoes the language of its predecessor, it is more an improved recipe than a reheated dish.

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War by Antony Beevor – Books – Hachette Australia

It was a struggle between ideologies, in which b Antony Beevor is probably best-known today for his lengthy histories of the battles of Stalingrad and Berlin, but this earlier narrative history of the Spanish Civil War matches both of these later works for grim and gripping detail. Today Spain is a great success, and to this I can only say Viva Espana! I must say that of all the books that I have read by Beevor this one is most lacking in clarity and impact.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Arms and the Diplomats. And he really enjoys giving a lot of details about battles like what division was where and where did they move to and why that was a mistake.

It was difficult to know whether the communists hated the fascist or the anarchists more from the way they behaved towards each other. They wanted Catholicism restored as the state religion, the repeal of land reform, the unions suppressed, and a centralized government beefor Madrid.

View all 4 comments. I’ve recently read Antony Beevor’s outstanding history of the Spanish Civil War and he makes it shamefully clear that many in the highest political circles in England supported the military coup.

And he succeeds especially sar in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war. The Battle for Spain: Most of its foreign support, however, came from the Soviet Union, and came with a great deal of political baggage.

Beevor is an excellent writer. Every detail is there down to the weaponry sar logistics, the sad mistakes, the He fails both at being someone who is only describing cicil facts for reference as a some kind of chronological compendium for historical research and as a narrative historian which should entertain its readers. It gums up any narrative momentum and makes reading dramatic events as dry as reading an outdated chemistry textbook. The strategy of the Communist dominated army was for conventional mass assaults in which the best units and equipment were concentrated against a relatively short section of the fascist line.


Linguistic minorities were oppressed, and former opponents were mistreated to a horrid degree. Antony Beevor is probably best-known today for his lengthy histories of spanisu battles of Stalingrad and Berlin, but this earlier narrative history of the Spanish Civil War matches both of these later works for grim and gripping detail.

Of course, the popularly elected government received no support from the other democracies of the world. The International Brigades even had their own concentration camp, Camp Lukacs, cjvil held 4, inmates.

The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by antony beevor

In practice, this means that, in direct contests, the extreme right will most often triumph over the extreme left, at least in the short-term; and yet in the long-term their emphasis on authority, obedience, and discipline produces unfair societies and unhappy populaces.

Why did radicalism triumph on both the left and the right? Overall, however, Beevor’s book leaves one feeling rather as Henry Kissinger did about the Iran-Iraq war of the s: Anthony Beevor is a military historian; and his book is epanish a record of armies and battles. For those needing to be made an example of, he wrote ‘garrote y prensa’ garrotting and press coverage on the death warrant.

This is a book well worth buying! Oct 04, Alex Cortijo rated it really liked it. With these books, Beevor exhibited an amazing knack of detailing large-scale events in a captivating manner that somehow doesn’t lose the reader in the minutia.

Beevor’s explanation of the conflict is, as I said before, very balanced. While Beevor’s ‘Battle for Spain’ isn’t perfect, I give this book five stars because the mix is just right. A number of people who are ignorant of the Spanish Civil War might be tempted to view it in just black and white: This is an excellent and well-written history although it is lengthy and detailed. This gives us a good basis for working out the next part of the job, forming and testing hypotheses that may better explain the events and so help us understand other phenomena that may or may not be comparable factional conflict in Iraq today, for example — or Ukraine.

He throws into the text seemingly dozens of new names and parties and movements a page without giving the reader much of a sense of who these people are, who they really represent, and what forces are actually driving their decisions.