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Conspiracy, Coup D'état and Civil War in Seville, 1936-1939: History and Myth in Francoist Spain

Rúben Serém
Format
Book
Published
Brighton : Sussex Academic Press, 2017.
Language
English
Series
The Cañada Blanch / Sussex Academic Studies on Contemporary Spain
Cañada Blanch/Sussex Academic Studies on Contemporary Spain
ISBN
9781845198817 (hbk.)
Summary
"Conspiracy, Coup d'état and Civil War in Seville, 1936-1939 dissects the conspiracy against the democratic Second Spanish Republic in the context of the uprising and civil war in Seville, the capital of Spain's largest region, Andalusia, and the most populous urban centre seized by the military rebels during the coup d'état of July 1936. As the major industrial and economic centre in insurgent Spain, Seville remains central to understanding the rebels' repressive project, for this Andalusian province witnessed the highest number of extra-judicial assassinations throughout the war. This is the first book in any language to bring together the subject of the civil war in Seville, the career of one of the most influential leaders of the rebel faction, General Queipo de Llano, and Francoism's most resilient myth. It dismantles, one by one, a series of carefully constructed narratives employed as rhetorical weapons to justify both the rebellion and the murderous rule of Queipo de Llano. The size and importance of the city meant that it became a critical battleground in the struggle for political legitimacy - and it remains so for Spain's on-going 'memory wars', a series of public and academic disputes over the historical memory of the Franco regime. Rúben Serém examines the socio-economic context of Queipo's great purge, the painful transition from democracy to autocracy and the political nature of the general's rule in Andalusia. In doing so, this work demonstrates how several features of Queipo's system of government were enthusiastically embraced by the nascent Francoist state, hence Seville's unenviable status as a Laboratory of Terror."--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • From coup de main to coup d'état
  • Constructing the myth: General Queipo de Llano and the conspiracy in Seville
  • Deconstructing the myth: the legend of General Queipo de Llano and his soldaditos
  • Institutionalising terror in rebel Spain: the pacification of the working-class districts of Seville
  • The forging of a kleptocratic state: economic repression in nationalist Seville
  • Conclusion.
Description
xvi, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Notes
  • Published in collaboration with the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies.
  • At top of title page: A laboratory of terror.
  • Includes bibliography (pages 273-284) and index.
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