The Triumph of Democracy in Spain

The Triumph of Democracy in Spain

The Triumph of Democracy in Spain

The Triumph of Democracy in Spain

Synopsis

The Triumph of Democracy in Spain tells a gripping story of the tortuous creation of Spain's constitutional monarchy. The book provides an authoritative account of the tribulations of the forces of progress, beginning in 1969 with the disintegration of Franco's dictatorship and ending with the remarkable Socialist election victory in 1982.

Excerpt

This book begins in 1969, the year in which I went to live in Spain. At the time, much less interested in contemporary Spanish politics than in the Second Republic and the Civil War, my purpose was to carry out research for a D. Phil. in history. Although the research trip was supposed to be of not more than twelve months’ duration, I ended up staying for more than three years. I loathed the Franco regime but my immersion in archives and newspaper libraries was such that I lived more in the 1930s than in the present. However, the restrictions on sources for my work made it difficult to ignore for long the daily reality of living under a dictatorship. Gradually, as the search for material and survivors of the 1930s brought me into contact with veteran Socialists and anarchists, and with younger Catholic, Communist and Socialist opponents of the regime, it was impossible not to develop a passionate interest in the daily political struggles going on around me.

The reality of it was brought home to me in innumerable ways. Many of the students whom I met in the University were active in the left-wing opposition. Police baton charges in the University campus were quite frequent. One day, returning home from an archive, I emerged from a metro station into a street in which a gun battle was raging between police and members of the terrorist organization frap. in May 1973, when a secret policeman was stabbed during a May Day demonstration, I was made quickly aware of the scale of the consequent repression. Students who used to work in the same archives as myself disappeared for several days. I later discovered that they had been arrested, beaten and questioned.

As far as my own writing was concerned, the first priority remained the Second Republic although my interest in the contemporary situation was growing. I began to collect newspapers, magazines and books with a view . . .

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