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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, well-balanced, seems fair, 21 Oct 2007
The focus is on the Left but seems without bias.

Apparently, up until the war ended, the majority of atrocities were committed by the Left. That changed dramatically with the end of the war.

The Left in general, and in particular the anarchists, did not coordinate well. This, and not just the lack of support by England and France, may be a signifcant factor in explaining the Left's loss.

More than half of the professional military at the time of the war's start was on the side of the Left. However, the Right made far more effective use of their professional military members.

Because the anarchists coordinated poorly, the communists were able to take control of the Left. But, aside from the Soviet Union, other external powers may have preferred Spain be a [...]state rather than a communist state (leading to continued non-intervention). Contrary to pro-anarchist writers like Rudolf Rocker, despite some anarchist accomplishments during this war, the overall impression is that the Left was damaged by the anarchist's organizational problems. I didn't come away from this book feeling that the Spanish Civil War was an example of the strengths of anarchism, at least during wartime.

Payne's writing flows and there's a good balance between details and analysis, so I didn't get lost "among the trees". The impression is that Payne knew his subject extremely well and presented it thoughtfully with the reader's experience in mind.
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Spanish Revolution (Goldbacks) by Stanley G. Payne (Paperback - 28 May 1970)
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