This book brings together different and interdisciplinary perspectives on the Spanish Civil War, its victims, its contentious ending, and its aftermath. In exploring the slow demise of republican ideals, contributors range over many diverse historical and cultural topics — discussing, for instance, the attitudes of both Left and Right to the poet Federico García Lorca and to his assassination, examining the documentary evidence offered in surviving memoirs of the Civil War, and assessing the major characteristics of the new order in Spain under Franco.
Cinematic and literary depictions of the Civil War and its consequences are also studied. Other topics investigated include: contemporary French reactions to the Spanish conflict, Stalinist policies towards Spain, the activities and motives of the anarcho-syndicalists and the role of the International Brigades. This collection of essays published on the 75th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, not only places the events and experiences studied within the context of the ‘new state’ of Franco’s Spain, but also offers timely fresh insights into wider European and international issues during what was a period of seismic change in world history.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Bulletin of Spanish Studies.
Table of Contents
Preliminary Note 1. Introduction 2. Myths of the International Brigades 3. Argentina y el exilio republicano de 1939: las fronteras y el movimiento de solidaridad 4. El Auxilio Social de Falange (1936_1940): entre la guerra total y el ‘nuevo estado’ franquista 5. Lincoln Brigaders: Firsthand Accounts of French Camps, 1939 6. The Impact of the Civil War on the Life and Work of Antonio Buero Vallejo 7. Spanish Anarcho-Syndicalists in Toulouse: The Red-and-Black Counter-City in Exile 8. The Persistence of Politics: The Impact of the Cold War on Anglo-American Writings on the Spanish Civil War 9. Swiss Consular Influence in the Aftermath of Franco’s Victory: The Case of Carlos Brunner 10. Operation X: Soviet Russia and the Spanish Civil War 11. Subsistencia y actitudes populares durante el primer franquismo 12. Memories of Defeat and Exile 13. The View from Next Door: The French Third Republic 14. ¿Una agonía esperpéntica? Shifting Memory Horizons and Carnivalesque Representations of the Spanish Civil War and Franco Dictatorship 15. Winners and Losers in Cinema and Memoirs: Emilio Martínez Lázaro’s Las 13 rosas and Esther Tusquets’ Habíamos ganado la guerra 16. Lorca’s Agonía republicana and Its Aftermath 17. Playing with History and Hiding Treason: Colonel Casado’s Untrustworthy Memoirs and the End of the Spanish Civil War
Susana Bayó Belenguer is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
"Readers are sure to find much of interest in this substantial and diverse collection." - Tom Buchanan, Kellogg College, Oxford