The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by Antony Beevor soon to be presented for sale on the astounding BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006, Hardback in dust wrapper.
3rd printing. [First Published: 2006, thus] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;
From the cover: When the first version of this book was published in 1982 under the tide, The Spanish Civil War, Gerald Brenan described it as by a long way the best, and fairest and the most accurate book upon it. Over the intervening years, a huge amount of new material has appeared in Spain and from documents finally emerging from Russian, German and other archives. Antony Beevors Spanish publisher persuaded him that the time was right, with the approach of the wars seventieth anniversary, to rewrite the book, taking advantage of the new information and reinforcing it with new research.
The Spanish edition, published in September 2005, ran to over 900 pages. It received an extremely favourable reception in Spain, as the first major history of the subject for the 21st Century, and became the No. 1 Bestseller throughout the autumn. This version is necessarily condensed for British and overseas markets.
The Spanish civil war, even after all these years, remains one of the most passionately debated conflicts of modern times. Many see it as the opening round of the Second World War and almost a world war by proxy, with Nazi, Fascist and Soviet intervention. Some supporters of the Republic still believe that a victory of the left in Spain would have defeated fascism and saved Europe from the horrors to come. Nationalists, on the other hand, argue that the civil war was in fact the opening round of the cold war between western civilisation and Soviet dictatorship.
Antony Beevor charts not only the course of the war in a fresh light, but illuminates the vicious infighting on both sides. The hopes and fears of a whole generation foundered in disillusionment and despair at the cruel war which destroyed the Spanish Republic.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Hint of tanning to the very margins of the leaves otherwise a very well presented copy.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXXII] 526 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.