The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne

The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne is part of the Cambridge Essential Histories and it offers a different perspective about the Spanish Civil War. Unlike the others historians who have a left-wing bias, he is, as far as I know, the only right-wing biased historian studying the period. While I would much rather read non-biased views as I do prefer making my own mind, I don’t have much of a choice. Anyway, his political inclinations is what makes this book so great. While the others are trying to brush some of the less than savoury parts on the Republican side, Payne points them out.

The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne

The elaboration of the origins of the conflict give a more accurate view of the real situation on the ground at that time. I imagine it was, actually, not as bad as Payne thinks it was and not as good as the other historians think either, so a more in between situation, but amplified by the political propaganda, on both sides.

Payne is such a good writer. A few times he concluded a chapter with a recapitulation in list form, which is very good to understand and learn. I wish more historians would do that because it is very helpful. This is another reason why I was inclined to give him 5 stars. I highly recommend this book to anybody wanting to know more on the Spanish conflict. I actually recommended it to my colleagues.

The Spanish Civil War by Stanley Payne

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Cambridge University Press
Year it was published: 2012
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History – Spanish Civil War – European
Pages: 268

About the author: Stanley G. Payne is a historian of modern Spain and European Fascism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He retired from full time teaching in 2004 and is currently Professor Emeritus at its Department of History.
Books by Stanley Payne: A History of Fascism, 1914-1945; Fascism: Comparison and Definition; The Spanish Civil War; Franco: A Personal and Political Biography; Franco and Hitler: Spain, Germany, and World War II; Fascism in Spain, 1923-1977; The Collapse of the Spanish Republic, 1933-1936: Origins of the Civil War.
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