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A Time of Silence
Civil War and the Culture of Repression in Franco's Spain, 1936–1945


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Part of Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare

  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025065

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  • The years 1936–1945 in Spain saw catastrophic civil war followed by fierce repression and economic misery. Families were torn apart and social relations were disrupted by death, exile and defeat. Society became traumatized so deeply that people avoided talking openly of these years for decades. This study attempts to show how the Civil War was understood and absorbed, particularly by those who could claim themselves as 'the victors', during and in the immediate aftermath of the conflict. It does so by exploring the interchanges between violence, ideas and economics during a period in which liberalism was seen as foreign contagion that infected carriers of impurities such as freemasons, regional nationalists, the working class, non-Catholics and women. This was the context of the internal colonization that confirmed Franco's victory, concentrated economic power, and left executions and starvation in its wake.

    • A new account of the political and economic background to the Spanish Civil War which continues to 1945 after Franco's 'victory'
    • The only account ever attempted of the background of political violence and repression which marked the later years covered by the book
    • Takes an original approach in looking at the connection between Catholicism, Fascism and violence
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    • Joint winner of the Longman/History Today Book of the Year Award 1998

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    '… eloquent and moving … this richly textured study … adds immeasurably to our knowledge of contemporary Spain and its wide comparative resonance illuminates both social policy and economics within European fascism.' History Today

    '… an admirable contribution to the effort to reconstruct the history of life under Francoism by weaving together the study of economy, society, politics and culture … The result is a richer and more subtle portrait of twentieth-century Spain.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025065
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.486kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Context of Self-Sufficiency:
    1. Civil War and self-sufficiency: the Francoist reconstruction of nation and state
    2. Purifying Spain (i): the elimination of dissent
    3. Purifying Spain (ii): degeneration and treatment
    4. The 'verticalisation' of Spain: the state and work
    Part II. The Practice of Self-Sufficiency:
    5. The politics and economics of autarky
    6. The wages of autarky (i): self-sufficiency and industry
    7. The wages of autarky (ii): the myth and reality of rural life
    8. Austerity and resistance

  • Author

    Michael Richards, University of the West of England, Bristol


    • Joint winner of the Longman/History Today Book of the Year Award 1998

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