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Created by John Eipper on 08/22/15 5:37 AM

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Franco Biography (Angel Vinas, Belgium, 08/22/15 5:37 am)

I have been absent from the ongoing WAIS discussions for some months, although I read the postings. The reasons for my silence are two: I´ve been preparing the publication of my forthcoming book (La otra cara del Caudillo), due to be released on September 22. I´m also trying to make progress on its follow-up. It´ll deal with the neutralization of Franco and his buddy/brother-in-law Serrano Suñer in WWII. I think that I´ll be able to present a kind of Franco of a different hue as he´s usually portrayed in much of the literature. I agree in general with Carmen Negrin´s statements. The need is long overdue to reduce the Üebermensch Franco to lesser and more sordid dimensions. Apart from Paul Preston, very few historians have attempted that task and the signs are not good, as shown by the recent Franco biography by Stanley G. Payne and Jesus Palacios.

By the way, around the 40th anniversary of Franco´s death, 20 November, a dossier will be published in the digital academic journal Hispania Nova showing in great detail the shortcomings of that biography. It contains some analyses by a dozen Spanish historians. It will my pleasure to upload it to WAIS, John Eipper permitting. I hope that pro-Franco historians won´t miss the chance to launch a Historikerstreit, as in Germany twenty years ago based on evidence and not on ideology.

JE comments:  Welcome back to Ángel Viñas, and congratulations on the imminent publication of La otra cara.  Stanley Payne is another esteemed WAIS colleague, so I hope this Historikerstreit (historians' quarrel) will be taken in the best scholarly spirit.

It's sobering to realize that forty years have passed since the Caudillo's death.  To put this in perspective, the post-Franco period has already lasted longer than the dictatorship itself.  In the United States in 1975, Franco's passing was acknowledged primarily on the comedy show Saturday Night Live:  "Generalísimo Francisco Franco is still dead."

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