The breakdown of political coalitions and the internal rifts between Spain’s bourgeois and labor classes sparked many instances of violent dissent in the mid-1930s. The book addresses the election of 1933 and the destabilizing insurrection that followed, Alcalá Zamora's failed attempts to control the major parties, and the backlash that resulted. The alliances of the socialist left with communism and the right with fascism are also explored, as is the role of forces outside Spain in spurring the violence that eventually exploded into war.
~Juan J. Linz
"An outstanding book by one of the most distinguished scholars in the field."—Juan J. Linz, Yale University
"This is the most compelling analysis of the origins of the Spanish Civil War that I know."—Michael Seidman, University of North Carolina-Wilmington