By Paul Preston
Publish yr note: initially released 1999
A magnificent portrait of the Spanish Civil conflict 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 path, explanations and characters of the Spanish Civil struggle, 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? used to be there a 3rd means? beginning on the severe correct of the political spectrum and relocating throughout it to the extraordinary left, utilizing the emblematic lives of ten key participants, Preston builds up an astonishingly bright photograph of the way the conflict got here to move, and the way those that all started, suffered and stopped it have been colored through the event.
Here are amazing mental profiles of the communist firebrand l. a. Pasionaria, of the canny falangist Primo de Rivera, of the aloof highbrow non-participant Salvador Madariaga, and of the enigma himself, Generalissimo Franco.
‘Comrades provides us with attention-grabbing snap shots, case reviews that illustrate variously the Aristocracy, vanity, self-delusion and evil. It is still tough to comprhend the passions that bring about civil warfare; yet this booklet is helping us to understand.’ Michael Portillo, Sunday Telegraph