The Battle for Spain : The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

Author(s): Antony Beevor


Published to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War

The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica.

This was Antony Beevor's first work of non-fiction, pre-dating his international bestselling Stalingard and Berlin: The Downfall 1945. Now, more than 20 years later, he has substantially rewritten it drawing on masses of newly-discovered material from the Spanish, Russian and German archives. His account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.

First published 2006. An earlier version of this book was published in 1982 as The Spanish Civil War.

2006. First thus, first printing. A fine copy in a fine, unclipped d/w. Scans available if required.


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General Fields

  • : 9780297848325
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicholson
  • : 1.057
  • : June 2006
  • : 5.5 Centimeters X 17 Centimeters X 24.2 Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : 560
  • : 946.081
  • : Hardback
  • : Antony Beevor