The Last Days of the Spanish Republic

The Last Days of the Spanish Republic

Paul Preston


informed for the 1st time in English, Paul Preston’s new booklet tells the tale of a preventable tragedy that price many hundreds of thousands of lives and ruined tens of millions extra on the finish of the Spanish Civil War.

This is the tale of an avoidable humanitarian tragedy that price many hundreds of thousands of lives and ruined tens of hundreds of thousands more.

It has many protagonists yet centres on 3 contributors. One, Dr Juan Negrín, the sufferer of what could be termed a conspiracy of fools, attempted to avoid it. bore accountability for what transpired. a kind of, Julián Besteiro, used to be in charge of culpable naïvety. the opposite, Segismundo Casado behaved with a impressive mixture of cynicism, vanity and selfishness.

On five March 1939, the endlessly malcontent Colonel Casado introduced an army coup opposed to the govt of Juan Negrín. satirically, he ensured that the tip of the Spanish Civil struggle was once virtually just like its starting. As Mola, Franco and the opposite conspirators of 1936 had performed, Casado led part of the Republican military in insurrection opposed to the Republican executive. He claimed, as that they had performed, and both with no starting place, that Negrín’s govt used to be the puppet of the Communist social gathering and coup used to be approaching to set up a Communist dictatorship.

Casado’s ambition used to be to move down in historical past because the guy who ended the Spanish Civil conflict. as an alternative he ensured the Republic led to disaster and disgrace as Negrin’s makes an attempt to accomplish an honourable and negotiated peace with promises for the civilian inhabitants have been thwarted and Franco and his forces wreaked havoc and revenge. Madrid collapsed into civil battle and thousand humans died. Refugees fled reprisals of their hundreds of thousands and people who couldn’t break out met a poor fate.

Paul Preston, the top historian of twentieth century Spain, tells this surprising tale for the 1st time in English. it's a harrowing story of ways the mistaken judgements of politicans can result in tragedy.

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