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PostWho Wanted the Spanish Civil War? Response to Paul Preston (Angel Vinas, Belgium, 04/15/19 2:19 pm)
In response to Paul Preston's post of March 31st, I wholeheartedly agree with the fact that he uncovered the exact role played by Franco in the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in his extensive Franco biography. What I have added is Franco's own posturing playing up his role with his exact version of events. The book title is ¿Quien quiso la guerra civil? Historia de una conspiracion. Not everything in it is new, but the most important part relating to the organization of the coup since 1933/34 and the role played by Fascist Italy is. I hope that this will go some way in clarifying the real origins of the 1936 coup.
JE comments: Here's a very exciting intersection of my two careers: Ángel Viñas will be "visiting" my Spanish literature and culture class this Wednesday (April 17th), via Skype. The 13 students are delighted to have the chance to speak with a world-famous historian. I asked them to spend the next two days practicing their questions!