Andy Coles

We Saw Spain Die

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Paul Preston, Constable, £20

The Spanish Revolution and ensuing Civil War (1936 to 1939) represent one of the most misunderstood and often ignored events of the 20th century. Their history is one of bravery, defiance and betrayal resulting in the catastrophic victory of the rebel fascist army under Francisco Franco. This struggle had a defining effect on the history of Europe from the 1930s onward, its outcome arguably affecting the collapse of Europe into the Second World War.

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