The Collapse of the Spanish Republic, 1933-1936 Origins of the Civil War Stanley G. Payne

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
26 May 2006
ISBN:
9780300110654
Dimensions:
432 pages: 234 x 156 x 34mm

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This book focuses on the short but crucial period that led to the collapse of the Spanish Republic and set the stage for the ensuing civil war. Stanley Payne, an internationally known scholar of modern Spanish history, details the political shifts that occurred from 1933 to 1936 and examines the actions and inactions of key actors during these years. Using their own memoirs, speeches, and declarations, he challenges previous perceptions of various major players, including President Alcala Zamora. The breakdown of political coalitions and the internal rifts between Spain's bourgeois and labour classes sparked many instances of violent dissent in the mid-1930s. The book addresses the election of 1933 and the destabilizing insurrection that followed, Alcala Zamora's failed attempts to control the major parties, and the backlash that resulted. The alliances of the socialist left with communism and the right with fascism are also explored, as is the role of forces outside Spain in spurring the violence that eventually exploded into war.

Stanley G. Payne is Hilldale-Jaume Vicens Vives Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of fifteen books, including The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism, published by Yale University Press.

"This is the most compelling analysis of the origins of the Spanish Civil War that I know."--Michael Seidman, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

--Michael Seidman