In few places, contends Professor Arango, do illusions obscure reality as they do in Spain. The Spaniard as well as the foreigner has believed and sustained the myths; the scholar as well as the poet. For the Spaniard, myth became the substitute for action in a world in which Spain was increasingly a nonparticipant. This book analyzes the political system created by Franco. His study continues into the present period of transition between an authoritarian past and a democratic future. The myths put to rest, Spain is viewed as a contemporary modernizing nation and is examined as such.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Before Franco -- The Foundations of Spanish Politics -- The Politics of the Second Bourbon Restoration -- The Second Republic -- The Civil War -- The Two Camps -- The Franco Regime -- The Philosophical Foundations of the Franco Regime -- The Political Evolution of the Franco Regime -- The Political Structure of the Franco Regime -- The National Movement -- The Civil Service -- The Opposition -- After Franco -- The Reign of Juan Carlos -- Appendixes -- The Syndicates -- The Opus Dei
E. Ramón Arango, associate professor of government at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He previously taught at Kenyon College, Texas A&M University, and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in Rome. Professor Arango is author of Leopold III and the Belgian Royal Question.