The Coming of the Spanish Civil War: Reform, Reaction, and Revolution in the Second Republic

The Coming of the Spanish Civil War: Reform, Reaction, and Revolution in the Second Republic

The Coming of the Spanish Civil War: Reform, Reaction, and Revolution in the Second Republic

The Coming of the Spanish Civil War: Reform, Reaction, and Revolution in the Second Republic

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During the preparation of the first edition of this book, I lived for more than three years in Spain as well as making many shorter visits. Not surprisingly, given the open-heartedness of Spaniards in general, I incurred a number of debts of gratitude for which I would again like to express my appreciation.

Many hours of conversation with two participants in the events described here helped me to comprehend the daily brutality of Spanish rural life in the 1930s. Miguel González Inestal was one of the libertarian movement's greatest experts on the land question. Ignacio Arenillas de Chaves, Marqués de Gracia Real, was a monarchist landowner from Salamanca who was active in Acción Popular and the Comunión Tradicionalista. After the Civil War, his experience as defending lawyer at the trial of Julián Besteiro together with Franco's failure to restore the monarchy inclined him to undertake a critical reassessment of the role of the Right during the 1930s. Both were more generous with time and information than a young unknown foreign historian could ever have expected.

Two Spanish scholars and friends helped me not to see Spain through English eyes. Jerónimo Gonzalo Rubio has been for many years unstinting with ideas, hospitality and friendship. Joaquín Romero Maura deepened my sense of the workings of Spanish history and taught me much about scholarship in general. Without wishing to implicate them as accomplices in the book's shortcomings, I reiterate my thanks to both for their contribution to it.

Norman Cooper, Frances Lannon and Martin Blinkhorn went to considerable trouble to read and comment on the text of the first edition. Christopher Seton-Watson supervised with unfailing patience the doc-toral thesis on which the book is based. Hugh Thomas showed great kindness with books and advice in the early days of the research.

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