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1.0 out of 5 stars ideological polemics masquerading as history, 5 Oct. 2013
This review is from: The Spanish Holocaust (Paperback)
The book is really a part of the on-going polemics about the Spanish civil war. Preston has progressively abandoned pretensions to objectivity, and produced a pamphlet posing as a history. Unfortunately, those who do not read in Spanish, are unable to appreciate the strength of the arguments of the other side (Pio Moa, Ricardo de la Cierva, Cesar Vidal...). It is not accidental that the best English-speaking historian of the Spanish civil war, Stanley Payne, has been attacked by Preston not on scholarly, but on ideological grounds (Preston disqualified Payne for not being left-wing enough). Read the book by all means, but keep in mind that the arguments and factual allegations of Preston have been demolished by serious historians not available in English. It is also noteworthy that the whole topic of the SCW is of an immediate political interest, once you look a bit more further than the limited ideological perspective of Preston, Beevor and Graham. For a person seriously interested in politics, including the political philosophy, it is worth learning Spanish just to follow the fascinating polemics.
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Initial post: 10 Dec 2013 09:50:49 GMT
A pamphlet! Of 700 pages!
Methinks advocat's advocacy of Franco's cause renders him somewhat less than objective.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2013 10:32:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Dec 2013 11:29:10 GMT
advokat says:
Das Kapital was a pamphlet of a greater volume (and one would say, of a greater value, though still despisable). Where is the advocacy of Franco? Franco, in the long run, was a dictator, and his regime was, in the end, not sustainable. It is typical of a left-wing polemist to put invented extreme positions in the mouth of an opponent, and then attack. The best history of the Spanish Civil war, in any language is still Bolloten's, who was certainly not an admirer of Franco. The whole topic of Franco's merits (greater than those of his communist enemies) and demerits (not inexistent) does not belong here, nor is discussed.
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