A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova

A book with the title A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova might not be everyone’s cup of tea and that is a shame, because this one is a really great book. First of all this is an unbiased book. Just by reading it I have no idea if the author is leaning towards the left-wing or right-wing, and that in a book on a civil war between the left and the right is pretty amazing, especially as he is Spanish and directly affected by what happened in the 30s, more than the English historians, for example, who are just studying this period.

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His story flows nicely and it is a lovely read. If anyone is interested in this topic or in history in general I think they would enjoy this book. I would love to read more books by him, that’s for sure. As this is a short history, of only a bit over 200 pages, it is a good primer. This also makes it great for anyone who wants to understand the power struggle in Europe in the early to late 1930s, just before the start of the Second World War. He deals with significant topics, such as religion in the civil war, which might not appear in other recent history books on the period.

I highly recommend it.

A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes!
Published by: I. B. Tauris
Year it was published: 2013 (first published in 2012)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History – Spanish civil war
Pages: 230

About the author: Julián Casanova Ruiz is a Spanish historian. He teaches contemporary history at University of Zaragoza. In his career he has been a visiting professor in US, UK, Latin America, and at Hungary’s Central European University.
Casanova has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2018-2019). He is member of the Editorial Committee of the journal Historia Social and member of the Advisory Board of Cuadernos de Historia de España (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Website & Social Media Links: juliancasanova (in Spanish)



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