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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2018 3:23 p.m. PST

"Eighty years after its end, the Spanish Civil War remains controversial. In the early years of the twentieth century, Spain's oligarchic monarchist regime faced increasing resistance from middle-class Republican reformers, Catalan and Basque regionalists and above all from the impoverished working classes, rural and urban. A cycle of resistance and oppression fed a class struggle and polarization unique in Europe outside Russia.

In 1931 King Alfonso XIII abdicated and the Second Republic was proclaimed. A succession of unsuccessful governments, first liberal-socialist and then conservative, followed until in 1936 a radical left-wing coalition was elected to power. Working people began taking matters into their own hands, seizing control of estates and local institutions.

Whether the Popular Front government could have succeeded will never be known, for in 1936 the long-feared military rising, supported by conservative forces and with major financial support from Juan March, took place. The initial coup failed, however: many officers remained loyal to the elected government and in the largest cities the rising was defeated. The insurgents were left in control of only a little over a third of mainland Spain, and none of its industrial regions…."
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Nic Robson Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Aug 2018 7:22 p.m. PST

A good reminder that I have the book set aside at my mothers to read.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2018 11:56 a.m. PST



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