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Confusing If You Do Not Know Spain
on 20 October 2017
Like other Antony Beevor books this is well-written and detailed, but what became increasingly apparent is that modern Spanish history and Spain are a huge hole in my knowledge. I have never visited Spain and know very little about the country. If like me you have little knowledge of anything Spanish, having a good map next to you, while reading this book, may help. I now realise that the Civil War was effectively a mini Second World War, with Germany and Russia playing a large part, with British disinterest in the background. Like all wars this killed and devastated a lot of people, but really, I feel no better informed.