By Paul Preston
Instructed for the 1st time in English, Paul Preston’s new booklet tells the tale of a preventable tragedy that price many millions of lives and ruined tens of millions extra on the finish of the Spanish Civil War.
This is the tale of an avoidable humanitarian tragedy that fee many millions of lives and ruined tens of millions more.
It has many protagonists yet centres on 3 members. One, Dr Juan Negrín, the sufferer of what will be termed a conspiracy of fools, attempted to avoid it. bore accountability for what transpired. a kind of, Julián Besteiro, was once in charge of culpable naïvety. the opposite, Segismundo Casado behaved with a awesome blend of cynicism, vanity and selfishness.
On five March 1939, the without end malcontent Colonel Casado introduced an army coup opposed to the govt. of Juan Negrín. paradoxically, he ensured that the top of the Spanish Civil struggle was once virtually similar to its starting. As Mola, Franco and the opposite conspirators of 1936 had performed, Casado led part of the Republican military in rebellion opposed to the Republican govt. He claimed, as they'd performed, and both with out starting place, that Negrín’s executive was once the puppet of the Communist social gathering and coup used to be drawing close to set up a Communist dictatorship.
Casado’s ambition used to be to head down in heritage because the guy who ended the Spanish Civil struggle. as an alternative he ensured the Republic led to disaster and disgrace as Negrin’s makes an attempt to accomplish an honourable and negotiated peace with promises for the civilian inhabitants have been thwarted and Franco and his forces wreaked havoc and revenge. Madrid collapsed into civil conflict and thousand humans died. Refugees fled reprisals of their hundreds of thousands and people who couldn’t break out met a poor fate.
Paul Preston, the top historian of twentieth century Spain, tells this stunning tale for the 1st time in English. it's a harrowing story of the way the mistaken judgements of politicans may end up in tragedy.