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PostCalvo Sotelo's Assassination did NOT Start the Spanish War (Carmen Negrin, -France, 02/26/21 3:08 am)
I would like to take this opportunity to thank John for his balanced comments, in mails not all easy to respond to and some very biased (certainly including my own, according to some).
Just a very brief response to Francisco Wong-Díaz: the Spanish war didn't start with the death of the dictator Primo de Rivera's imprisoned finance minister! The coup was in the pipeline since day one of the Republic. Sometimes those on the rebels' side say it started with the Asturias revolt, or the contested elections results (an often-used and familiar argument!), others like Ángel Viñas remind us of the self-exiled King's role. Friction started even prior to day one of the Republic, because an influential minority was about to lose--peacefully--some of its privileges. All the rest, including saving Spain from communism and saving Christianity, very much Goebbels-style, are a posteriori justifications, with great repercussions.
JE comments: Carmen, I am flattered. And speaking of the "Rey de Roma," a comment from Ángel Viñas is in my inbox. Give me twenty minutes.