A People Betrayed : A History of 20th Century Spain

A People Betrayed : A History of 20th Century Spain

Preston, Paul

Editorial Harper Collins
Fecha de edición marzo 2020 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9780007558377
416 páginas
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From the foremost historian of 20th century Spain, A People Betrayed is the story of the devastating betrayal of Spain by its political class, its military and its Church. In 1898 Spain was in a state of despair and unrest. They had lost the war with America and with it the last of their major colonies: Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

The catastrophe stoked Spain's internal conflicts, and the country saw a succession of collapsing dictatorships and democracies that, with mounting anguish, culminated in all-out civil war and nearly four decades of hard dictatorship. When Spain recovered its democracy in the 1970s, the pattern seemed broken. The country was back in good health, and held up as a model for other nations transitioning to democracy in Eastern Europe and Latin America.

But the spectacular boom seen in Spain's first years of membership in the European Economic Community masked a rotten core. The country's underlying issues had not been fully resolved and the present crisis facing Spain is the result of an incomplete transition. A People Betrayed covers the lives of the individuals, heroes and villains who made a huge difference - the dictators Primo de Rivera and Franco, the mass murders of the civil war, and important statesman such as Manuel Azana, Juan Negrin and Ramon Serrano Suner, and rise and subsequent discrediting of the monarchy of King Juan Carlos and the extremists of right and left.

Paul Preston, a specialist in Spanish History at the LSE, tells a sweeping history of modern Spain - and points to a curious pattern that leads the country repeatedly into tumult: a disconnect between the social reality and the political powers ruling over it.

Biografía del autor

Paul Preston (Liverpool, Reino Unido, 1946) es doctor en Historia por la Universidad de Oxford. Es miembro de la British Academy y director del Cañada Blanch Centre de la London School of Economics, en la que fue profesor de Historia internacional durante muchos años. Especialista en la España contemporánea, ha recibido la Encomienda de la Orden del Mérito Civil y la Gran Cruz de la Orden de Isabel la Católica. Entre sus obras más destacadas están Revolución y guerra en España 1931-1939 (1986), La Guerra Civil española (1987), Franco, caudillo de España (1994), La política de la venganza (1997), Las tres Españas del 36 (1998), Juan Carlos I (2003), El holocausto español (2011), El zorro rojo (2013) y El final de la guerra (2014).




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