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on 3 May 2014
Baxell's excellent books, "Unlikely Warriors", and and "British Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War", and Boyd Haycock's equally engrossing "I am Spain", led me to want to understand better the wider context of the war, and more understanding of the detail of the internal politics that led to this conflict.
This desire was completely met by Beevor's meticulously scholarly and balanced analysis, which is extremely readable and superbly crafted. He gives a clear account of the complex political and historical processes which culminated in this most destructive conflict, which foreshadowed the Second World War, analysing the strategic and political stresses which led to the ultimate downfall of the Republic, as well as the inept handling, by the British and French Governments, of the time of the Non Intervention pact, which allowed German and Italian materiel and forces to determine its outcome.
Superb, and highly recommended.