The Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil War

Hugh Thomas / Oct 15, 2019

The Spanish Civil War Since its first publication The Spanish Civil War has become established as the definitive one volume history of a conflict that continues to provoke intense controversy What was it that roused left

  • Title: The Spanish Civil War
  • Author: Hugh Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780141011615
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • Since its first publication, The Spanish Civil War has become established as the definitive one volume history of a conflict that continues to provoke intense controversy What was it that roused left wing sympathizers from over the world to fight again

    Spanish Civil War Definition, Causes, Summary, Facts Jan , Spanish Civil War The Nationalists, as the rebels were called, received aid from Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany The Republicans received aid from the Soviet Union, as well as from International Brigades, composed of volunteers from Europe and the United States. Spanish Civil War breaks out HISTORY Aug , On July , , the Spanish Civil War begins as a revolt by right wing Spanish military officers in Spanish Morocco and spreads to mainland Spain From the Canary Islands, General Francisco Franco broadcasts a message calling for all army officers to join the uprising and overthrow Spain s leftist Republican government. Spanish Civil War History of Spain don Quijote The Spanish Civil War As the Spanish dictator wanted to recognize their country internationally, little by little began a certain type of improvement in their social life In the decade of the s, Spain was The Spanish Civil War Spartacus Educational The Spanish Civil War Index Menu Main Events and Issues, Spanish Civil War Military Organizations, Spanish Civil War Political Organizations, Spanish Civil War Important Battles and Strategic Positions, Biographies of Participants, Foreign Participants, Campaigners and Observers, International Leaders and the Spanish Civil War, Individual Countries and the Spanish Civil War The Spanish Civil War spanishwars Timeline of the Spanish Civil War Britannica Berber armies led by Abd el Krim force the Spanish garrison at Annual Anwal , Morocco, to retreat in disarray, marking the start of a military campaign that would come to be known as the Rif War The rout marks the greatest defeat of a European colonial power by indigenous forces since the Battle of Adwa. Spanish Civil War Wrenching Photos Of The Brutal Conflict Jan , The Spanish Civil War officially began in July , when the year old Franco led a military coup against the leadership of the Second Spanish Republic, proclaimed in by a coalition of antimonarchist parties. Spanish Civil War Encyclopedia Spanish civil war Outbreak of War When the electoral victory of the Popular Front composed of liberals, Socialists, and Communists augured a renewal of leftist reforms, revolutionary sentiment on the right consolidated In July, , Gen Francisco Franco led an army revolt in Morocco. Things You May Not Know About the Spanish Civil War Francisco Franco

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        Librarian s note There is than one author in the database with this name.Hugh Swynnerton Thomas, Baron Thomas of Swynnerton, was a British historian and Hispanist.Thomas was educated at Sherborne School in Dorset before taking a BA in 1953 at Queens College, Cambridge He also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris His 1961 book The Spanish Civil War won the Somerset Maugham Award for 1962 A significantly revised and enlarged third edition was published in 1977 Cuba, or the Pursuit of Freedom 1971 is a book of over 1,500 pages tracing the history of Cuba from Spanish colonial rule until the Cuban Revolution Thomas spent 10 years researching the contents of his book.Thomas was married to the former Vanessa Jebb, daughter of the first Acting United Nations Secretary General Gladwyn Jebb.From 1966 to 1975 Thomas was Professor of History at the University of Reading He was Director of the Centre for Policy Studies in London from 1979 to 1991, as an ally of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher He became a life peer as Baron Thomas of Swynnerton, of Notting Hill in Greater London in letters patent dated 16 June 1981 He has written pro European political works, as well as histories He is also the author of three novels.Thomas s The Slave Trade The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1440 1870 begins with the first Portuguese slaving expeditions, before Columbus s voyage to the New World, and ends with the last gasp of the slave trade, long since made illegal elsewhere, in Cuba and Brazil, twenty five years after the American Emancipation Proclamation, according to the summary on the book jacket.Thomas should not be confused with two other historical writers W Hugh Thomas writes about Nazi Germany and Hugh M Thomas is an American who writes on English history.


    1. The Spanish Civil War was the proving ground for much of the technology (tanks, aviation, artillery, etc.) used in World War II. This alone makes an account of it essential reading. The only one-volume history of war that I can compare Mr. Thomas's book to is Neil Sheehan'sA Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and American in Vietnam. The books are structurally different. Sheehan uses the central figure of Vann as a kind of biographical spine on which to build his history. The Spanish Civil War h [...]

    2. Unfortunately it has a predictably status quo left liberal slant. " for some curious reason, has acquired the reputation of being a definitive history of the conflict - is pretentious, superficial, and factually unreliable. For a devastating critique, the reader should consult Vernon Richard's "July 19, 1936: Republic or Revolution?" in Anarchy, No.5 (July, 1961)' and Richard's introductory remarks to Gaston Leval's "Collectives in the Spanish Revolution " ( London, 1975). " - Murray Bookchin' p [...]

    3. The British writer and historian, Hugh Thomas, first published this monumental work in 1961 and subsequently revised it several times, last in 1986. This review is of his final revision.The Spanish Civil War has long been somewhat of a mystery to me, the events of that conflict having been overshadowed by the immediate onset of World War II as the Spanish war came to a close in 1939. I read this book to rectify my ignorance and clarify my confusion. The book accomplished all of that while provid [...]

    4. After Mom left Dad she developed a medical condition which she could not pay for--despite the fact she worked full-time at a hospital--and had to move back to Norway where medical care was available for free, even for a native daughter who had taken on U.S. citizenship years before. I visited her there upon graduating from seminary and met the fellow, Egil, whom she was ultimately to wed.Egil Karlsen, like many Norwegians, had a condo on the Mediterranean shore of Spain, not too far west of Mala [...]

    5. We tend to think of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 merely as a run-up to the Second World War. It was that, as the Germans and Italians not only supplied the Fascists, but fought side by side with them. On the Republican side, the Soviet Communists supplied the Republicans and provided volunteers through the Comintern. Unfortunately for the losing side, Stalin was at the time purging the officers of the Russian army, resulting in the death of such great innovators as Marshal Tukachevsky as w [...]

    6. UKIP makes me want to vomit, although the BNP is worse. Reading again Hugh Thomas’s gripping history, I was more moved than I expected to be by the great tragedy which befell Spain in the late 30s and which the liberal democracies allowed to happen by their fear of provoking fascist Italy and Germany.Putting ones country first whatever the circumstances is a peculiar thing to do. To put ones own vision of what that country means before any other considerations crosses the borders of mental ill [...]

    7. The Spanish Civil War is often read as a backdrop for the much larger Second World War and this is a solid approach to this regional conflict, but the conflict itself has had a much larger historical and cultural impact on the world of today than many readers may believe. For this reason, and many others, this remains a seminal moment [1936-39] in Western and world history. Hugh Thomas's The Spanish Civil War, 50th Anniversary edition, remains the best, if exhaustive [1,116 pages -- Kindle Editi [...]

    8. The story of this civil war, as told by Hugh Thomas, amazed me. Full of drama, courage and atrocity, idealism and deceit. It constantly surprises me how human societies can suddenly collapse, tearing themselves apart, and so easily resort to killing others whose beliefs differ. Is there a parallel to the current civil war in Syria? Where a rebel side seeks to overthrow a government which has lost touch with its people, but external volunteers enter to distort the picture. I knew little of the Sp [...]

    9. Of the three histories of the Spanish Civil War I've read, Thomas's is the most comprehensive and balanced. He seems not to have an ideological axe to grind, which is impressive considering this war was inherently ideological. He focuses on the social and political causes of the war, the diplomatic and international consequences of it, and the military maneuvers that eventually led to Franco's victory. If you read one history of the Spanish Civil War, you wouldn't be wrong to choose this one.

    10. Hugh Thomas account of the Spanish Civil War is the most thorough version of the events written to date. His writing style makes the reader believe the entire account could be fiction. It is very easy to read and you hardly feel like you are reading history at all. The Spanish Civil War is one of the most devastating conflicts of the 20th century. It is the precursor to World War II and showcased as well as trained some of Germany, Italy and Russia's top talent. The sheer devastation of tactics [...]

    11. کلاس ۵ ابتدایی بودم که این کتاب رو خوندم(خیلی‌ تصادفی تو کتابخونهٔ داییم دیدم)و از همون موقع عشق تاریخ جنگ داخلی‌ اسپانیا شدم؛)

    12. Wow. I had no idea. I thought I knew something about the Spanish Civil War, but I knew nothing. It was fascinating, the story of the anarchist left captured the government through democratic elections, and how the government's attempted adherence to the ideology was such a devastating handicap in the war against the falangists. the conflicted sentiments on the part of the UK and the US over which side they should support, if either, reminds me of the current situation the US faces in the conflic [...]

    13. I picked up this book after reading , by Jonathan Rabb which was set in the Spanish Civil War. My curiosity piqued, and as the subject is one of the many never mentioned in U.S. schools, I decided to learn something about it. My knowledge was pretty much limited to: comments my mother made about collecting trading cards during the 1930s with gruesome pictures from the Spanish Civil War; that Franco and the Nationalists beat the Republicans; and there were lots of communists running around somewh [...]

    14. Klassík. Þessi saga er víðtæk og gerir bæði pólitísku og hernaðarlegu landslagi Spánarstríðsins góð skil. Blóðugar hreinsanir á báða bóga og hve ólíka afstöðu stórveldin tóku til aðstoðar við andstæðar fylkingar. Franco var peningalaus en fékk gríðarlega aðstoð gegn lánum en lýðveldið var vellauðugt en var neitað um minnstu hernaðarkaup nema frá Sovétríkjunum sem nýttu sér neyð þeirra út í ystu æsar. Heilsteypt umfjöllun sem staðist hefur t [...]

    15. Uiterst interessant maar te compleet boek over de Spaanse Burgeroorlog. Te veel details deden mij bijna de draad verliezen. Het is meer een objectief feitenrelaas dan een een verhaal. Heb er mij moeten doorworstelen maar ben blij dat ik mijn kennis over dit gure onderwerp heb kunnen bijspijkeren. Misschien dringt zich ooit nog eens een tweede lezing op, indien ik er nog de moed toe vind.

    16. Probably best to read this if you already have a good knowledge of the Spanish civil war and are deeply interested in reading further. Rather hard going, scholarly but not terribly readable.

    17. Read a lot of this book in chunks but can safely say that didn't ruin the enjoyment, not only is it readable it also encompasses the political aspects as opposed to the military strategies of the generals, which in other books can become very monotonous. "The personal is the political," as they say, which allows for figures like President Azana, General Franco and Largo Caballero a.k.a. the Spanish Lenin, to feel grounded and altogether believable, despite the fact that the account is not a pers [...]

    18. If my history classes were an indication, this was a war few know anything about, and we should. Briefly, there were two sides, the Republic and the Fascists led by Francisco Franco. The Republic was the first freely elected government in Spain for decades. The Fascists desired to overthrow it. Franco's Fascist insurgency was backed by Hitler and Mussolini and used as a test bed for the weapons the world learned about in WWII. The Republic was an unlikely coalition of Communists and Anarchists. [...]

    19. Though I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject matter, it was a little too deep for an intro (I made the same mistake with Slim's Defeat Into Victory on the Burma Campaign), it was very compelling and the myriad cast of characters made it a little difficult to follow but I can see why someone like Largo Caballero or Juan Antonio Rivera would have a wider impact after they disappeared from the scene. Thomas does set it up well from the beginnings of the class and wealth as [...]

    20. This thoroughly comprehensive and somewhat exhausting history nevertheless kept me more or less engrossed for its substantial duration. While difficult to keep track of the various politicians, activists, commanders and generals that make appearances throughout, Thomas nevertheless projects a intensely dramatic account of this wrenching and defining 20th century moment. Certain figures and moments will be vividly lodged in my head forever, as described by Thomas - among them the heroic defense o [...]

    21. This half century old book is a fantastic revelation not only of the Spanish Civil War, but how it impacts today’s world. This war, 1936-38, preceded World War II but much that happened in the latter was presaged here. And in the appeasement by France and England, we can also learn lessons. And the multiple sides on each side tell of similar events in Syria. The Nationalist were composed, for example, of Falangists, Monarchists, the Catholic Church, and youth groups. There are many lessons for [...]

    22. I had always thought of the Spanish Civil War as a small thing. It had about a half a million men on each side and was fought out over a two year period while the other events leading up to World War II were going on in Europe. It finally ended six months before the start of World War II. Hugh Thomas estimates 400-600 thousand people died. This is more than the USA lost in World War II. The book gives the political as well as the military history. A very good read.

    23. This is the best ever work to untangle the alphabet-soup of initials for all the groups that fought for and against The Spanish Republic. At least one and I think two students from my high school volunteered to fight for the Republic and joined the Lincoln Brigade. One was KIA. Another student wrote a poem about that time titled "The Story of War"Eager, ruddy, freshly drilled.Reeking, bloody, freshly killed.And the Republicans (almost) won. See the film "To Die in Madrid."

    24. I can't do this book justice. It's the finest single volume history of the Spanish Civil War available. But this is so uncontroversial. Nothing else touches it. It's a classic that I don't think will be supplanted in my lifetime. Stanley Payne has written many fine volumes on this subject, but Hugh Thomas is 'the' master. Would love to read his book on Cuba at some point, too. His book on Cortes, Montezuma and Fall of Old Mexico was also excellent.

    25. Hugh Thomas has written several books that are all characterized by two things; they are extraordinarily comprehensive regarding their subject, and I keep finding myself losing interest as the story goes on. Not to say it isn't a good book, it's just something about Thomas's style that makes it feel like work to get through it. Never the less, it's a very detailed and worthwhile history of the Spanish Civil War, assuming you can get through it.

    26. This is a great book which I feel has now been superseded by Antony Beevor's excellent history of the Spanish War. If you are uncomfortable allowing Antony Beevor, who is often accused of being right wing, to form your views on Spain, then read this work by Thomas.I read both thirty years apart and found both worthwhile.

    27. Scholarly book written for non-historians; and it is a captivating book. Civil wars are tragic and the Spanish civil war was not an exception. There were some good people on both sides, unfortunately they were drowned out or killed by egotistic incompetents. It is hard to comprehend how violent the world was during the first part of the 20th century.

    28. I like the old historians, but like Figes and Cronin, Thomas overwhelms the reader with copious anecdotes and trivia that do not really rise to being necessary to understand the conflict. To be exhaustive does not mean also being exhausting. Still, not terrible if you want a book that doubles as a door-stopper.

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