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Julián Casanova is Professor of History at the University of Zaragoza. His books include Anarchism, the Republic and Civil War in Spain: 1931-1939 (2005) and The Spanish Republic and Civil War (2010).

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October 2012

272 pages

216 x 134 mm

A Short History of the Spanish Civil War
Julián Casanova

£10.99 | $15.95

The years of the Spanish Civil War filled twentieth-century Spain with hope, frustration and drama. Not only did it pit countryman against countryman, and neighbour against neighbour, but from 1936-39 this bitterly contended struggle sucked in competing and seemingly atavistic forces that were soon to rage across the face of Europe, and then the rest of the world: nationalism and republicanism; communism and fascism; anarchism and monarchism; anti-clerical reformism and aristocratic Catholic conservatism. The Guerra Civil is of enduring interest precisely because it represents much more than just a regional contest for power and governmental legitimacy. It has come to be seen as a seedbed for the titanic political struggles and larger social upheavals that scarred the entire twentieth century. In elegant and accessible prose, Julian Casanova tells the gripping story of these years of anguish and trauma, which hit the country with a force hitherto unknown at any time in Spain's history.

Charting the most significant events and battles alongside the main players in the tragedy, he provides answers to some of the pressing questions (such as the roots and extent of anti-clerical violence) that have been asked in the seventy years that have passed since the painful defeat of the Second Republic.

'Exemplary... a considerable achievement.'
The Scotsman

'An excellently written and carefully documented history of the Civil War of 1936-39.'
Gabriel Jackson, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, San Diego

'Julián Casanova is one of Spain's leading historians. In this short history he distils his rich knowledge and insight into a readable synthesis... informative, enlightening, and thought-provoking in equal measure.'
Helen Graham, Professor of Modern Spanish History, Royal Holloway, University of London

‘Julián Casanova is one of the most original and exciting historians currently working on the Spanish Civil War.'
Paul Preston, Príncipe de Asturias Professor of Contemporary Spanish History, London School of Economics