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Franco's Soldiers Transnational and Sociological Analysis of Recruitment and Combat in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)


Franco's Soldiers Transnational and Sociological Analysis of Recruitment and Combat in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 06/01/2023
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press

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The coup d'etat of July 1936 split Spain in two, shaping a chessboard of terror, misery and death that would put an end to the Republic and give sustenance to dictatorship. In the rebel territory, Franco's soldiers were often not convinced followers, but mere pawns forced to fight for the future of a Spain in which the only element of cohesion would be fear. The experience of the Spanish Civil War is defined by how the dictator placed citizens before a terrible dilemma: become executioners or die. This experience was not confined to Spain alone. A transnational analysis, hitherto never undertaken, puts the Spanish war experience in the context of the political and military dramas of the first half of the 20th century. Issues of recruitment, terror, and propaganda dominate analysis. But deeper social and indeed psychological issues are equally important in understanding how dictatorship can shape society for the worse, and indeed come to be regarded by the majority as the norm.
Special attention is paid to military ethos at all levels of the armed forces. Franco's Soldiers, originally published to acclaim in Spain, provides a unique literary platform that better allows the Spanish Civil War experience to be understood in a wide historical context, thus furthering and encouraging international debate. Published in collaboration with the Department of International History, London School of Economics.

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