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Spain 1936

Year Zero

Raanan Rein is the Elías Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and Vice President of Tel Aviv University. He is the author and editor of more than thirty books. In 2016 he won the Reimar Lust Research Award (co-sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation/Fritz Thyssen Foundation)

Joan Maria Thomàs is professor at the University Rovira I Virgili, ICREA researcher, member of the Royal Academy of History of Spain, and member of the editorial board of Journal of Contemporary History. He has written eleven books as a sole author, and twenty in collaboration. His most recent book is José Antonio. Realidad y Mito (2017).


The book reevaluates long-held assumptions about the conflict, such as the unity of the Nationalist camp or the different trajectories of women in the two camps. Particular attention is paid to the international dimension of the war, the book tackling not just well-known players such as Germany, Italy, France and the USSR, but also those that have received short shrift, such as Argentina, Japan and Portugal. In short, Spain 1936: Year Zero offers new research, new topics and new ideas on the early months of the Civil War, revealing in the process that, despite the profusion of books on the subject, Spain's paramount tragedy of the 20th century continues to merit further research and reflection.
Nigel Townson, Series Editor


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