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The Last Days of the Spanish Republic

by Paul Preston

The Last Days of the Spanish Republic Synopsis

Told for the first time in English, Paul Preston's new book tells the story of a preventable tragedy that cost many thousands of lives and ruined tens of thousands more at the end of the Spanish Civil War. This is the story of an avoidable humanitarian tragedy that cost many thousands of lives and ruined tens of thousands more. On 5 March 1939, the eternally malcontent Colonel Segismundo Casado launched a military coup against the government of Juan Negrin. To fulfil his ambition to go down in history as the man who ended the Spanish Civil War, he claimed that Negrin was the puppet of Moscow and that a coup was imminent to establish a Communist dictatorship. Instead his action ensured the Republic ended in catastrophe and shame. Paul Preston, the leading historian of twentieth-century Spain, tells this shocking story for the first time in English. It is a harrowing tale of how the flawed decisions of politicans can lead to tragedy.

The Last Days of the Spanish Republic Press Reviews

A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year `Preston's mission in life is to bring clarity to the confusing tragedy of the Spanish Civil War. This is his twelfth book on the war and its legacy ... [it] is written with the same sober lucidity that distinguishes the previous eleven' The Times `Compelling and convincingly argued ....the story of the final, tragic days of the Spanish Republic has never been told so clearly before. With a keen eye for historical detail and a painful sense of the human lives at stake, Preston paints a vivid portrait of those involved' Spectator `Masterly and intensely moving ... in Preston, author of several award-winning books on the conflict, the reader could not hope for a more sure-footed guide ... Britons today know far less than they should about the Spanish Civil War ... our knowledge would be poorer still but for Preston's indefatigable scholarship, elegant prose and impeccable judgement' Sunday Telegraph `Scholarly and authoritative' Literary Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008163419
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Author: Paul Preston
Publisher: William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 400 pages
Categories: Spanish Civil War, European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Paul Preston

Paul Preston CBE is Principe de Asturias Professor of Contemporary Spanish History and Director of the Canada Blanch Centre of Contemporary Spanish Studies at LSE. He was lecturer at the University of Reading and Professor of History at Queen Mary University. In 2006 he was awarded the International Ramon Llull Prize by the Catalan Government. Among his many works are 'Franco: A Biography', 'Comrades', 'Doves of War: Four Women in Spain', 'Juan Carlos', 'The Spanish Civil War', `The Spanish Holocaust' and `The Last Stalinist'. He was decorated by Spanish King Juan Carlos a 'Comendador de la Orden de Merito Civil' and ...

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