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The Spanish Labyrinth: An Account of the Social and Political Background of the Spanish Civil Warby Gerald Brenan
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'Isolated from the rest of Europe politically as well as geographically, Spain is a difficult country for foreigners to understand. Yet when in 1936 the land was divided by the most disastrous civil war of this century, individuals and governments of many nations became involved. This book is an account of how and why things turned out as they did. The answers lie in the labyrinth of Spanish history between 1874 and 1936. Mr Brenan charts this labyrinth, disentangling and identifying the separate forces for disunity; he explains the part played by the Church, the army, and the various political parties - Anarchists, Anarcho-Syndicalists, Carlists and Socialists; and he shows how industrial unrest, unequal privileges, agrarian discontent, and provincial loyalties each had a share in producing a war in which \'the vanquished were beaten and the victors defeated\'.'
Gerald Brenan's The Spanish Labyrinth has become the classic account of the background to the Spanish Civil War.
An account of the social and political background of the Spanish Civil War.
Gerald Brenan's The Spanish Labyrinth has become the classic account of the background to the Spanish Civil War. Written during and immediately after the Civil War, this 1990 book has all the vividness of the author's experience. It represents a struggle to see the issues in Spanish politics objectively, whilst bearing witness to the deep involvement which is the only possible source of much of this richly detailed account. As a literary figure on the fringe of the Bloomsbury group, Gerald Brenan lends to this narrative an engaging personal style that has become familiar to many thousands of readers over the decades since it was first published.
Written during and immediately after the Spanish Civil War, this classic account of its background represents a struggle to see issues in Spanish politics objectively, despite the author's personal involvement.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -369) and index.
Table of Contents
Preface to the second edition; Preface to the first edition; Chronological table; Political divisions; Part I. The Ancien Regime 1874-1931: 1. The Restoration, 1884-1898; 2. The parliamentary regime and the Catalan question, 1898-1909; 3. The Liberals and the Church; 4. The army and the Syndicalist struggle in Barcelona 1916-1923; 5. The dictatorship; Part II. The Condition of the Working Classes: 6. The Agrarian question; 7. The Anarchists; 8. The Anarcho-syndicalists; 9. The Carlists; 10. The Socialists; Part III. The Republic: 11. The Constituent Cortes; 12. The Bienio Negro; 13. The Popular Front; 14. Epilogue-the Civil War; Three sketch maps; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
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