The Spanish Labyrinth: An Account of the Social and by Gerald Brenan

By Gerald Brenan

Gerald Brenan's The Spanish Labyrinth has turn into the vintage account of the history to the Spanish Civil struggle. Written in the course of and instantly after the Civil struggle, this ebook has the entire vividness of the author's event. It represents a fight to work out the problems in Spanish politics objectively, when bearing witness to the deep involvement that is the single attainable resource of a lot of this richly specified account. As a literary determine at the edge of the Bloomsbury workforce, Gerald Brenan lends to this narrative an attractive own variety that has get to grips to many hundreds of thousands of readers over the a long time because it used to be first released.

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The coup d’état had been premature – the result of a competition between Army commanders to obtain the honour. The real architect of the new order  The Spanish Labyrinth was a Conservative politician, Don Antonio Cánovas del Castillo, who, ever since it had become clear that the revolution of  would fail, had been carefully preparing it. He at once assumed the leadership of the provisional government and began the difficult work of drawing up the new Constitution – the sixth of that century – which was to last until Primo de Rivera overthrew it.

Alianza Obrera founded by Largo Caballero and Maurin April  Generalidad passes Ley de Cultivos June  Campesinos’ strike Oct.  Rising of Generalidad in Barcelona and of miners in Asturias Dec.  Straperlo scandal. Government Feb. M. founded by reunion of Left Communists and Bloque Obrero y Campesino Portela Valladares forms Feb.  Popular Front victory at elections May  Azaña becomes President of Republic July ,  Calvo Sotelo murdered July ,  Rising of Army in Morocco.

Who does not remember elections in which the Civil Governors used the police to steal the voting urns or in which the counts of votes were falsified in the very rooms in which justice is administered? ’ (Por la Concordia, p. )  The Spanish Labyrinth the small towns and country districts, however, another kind of person was required – the cacique. The cacique – the term is derived from an Indian word meaning chief – is a man, generally a large landowner, who in exchange for certain unwritten privileges organizes the district politically on the Government’s behalf.

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