Blood of Spain: An Oral History of the Spanish Civil War by Ronald FraserWe discover what civil war, revolution and counter-revolution actually felt like from inside both camps. The contours of the war take shape through the words of the eyewitnesses. The atmosphere of events is vividly recaptured. And though the lived experience of the participants is revealed the uniquely tragic essence of all civil war. Fascinating and brilliantly unorthodox. Hugh Thomas, author of THE CONQUEST OF MEXICO.
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Between June and May , in the twilight of the Franco era, Ronald Fraser taped his conversations with more than three hundred survivors of Spain's civil war. It was a privileged moment for capturing memories of a period distant enough to be history, yet near enough to be vividly remembered by participants on all sides: merchants and workers, landowners and laborers, communists, socialist, anarchists, monarchists, Falangists, soldiers, priests, and church-burners. Fraser's unrivaled mastery of the writing of oral history has given us a work which, like his earlier In Hiding, sustains a spellbinding momentum. Block appeared that day in the Spokane newspaper Industrial They were killed because they defy the fundamental politics of the state regarding education and social issues.
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We discover what civil war, revolution and counter-revolution actually felt like from inside both camps. The contours of the war take shape through the words of the eyewitnesses. The atmosphere of events is vividly recaptured. And though the lived experience of the participants is revealed the uniquely tragic essence of all civil war. No other volume on the Spanish Civil War can surpass the power of this one.
The Spanish civil war is, for me, the great tragedy of twentieth century history. In quantitative horror it pales beside the Holocaust and many other events, but it has all the classical elements of tragedy: a combination of inevitableness and contingency, the gradual closing of possibilities, and human and organisational flaws aplenty. And it is not one tragedy but many: the failure of the social revolution and its destruction by the communists; the dilemmas of the Basque and Catalan bourgeoisie, caught between the military and the social revolution; the folly of Non-Intervention; innumerable personal tragedies; and the final obliteration of hopes and aspirations, of plans and alternatives, beneath the grim tide of Francoism. Blood of Spain succeeds better than anything else I have read on the civil war in capturing these tragedies. Formal histories lack immediacy, while personal accounts offer only a single perspective; Blood of Spain is an oral history of the war built around the memories and stories of hundreds of people from all political allegiances and all walks of life — combatants and non-combatants, men and women, rich and poor.