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The Impact of Nationalism and Extremism on Daily Life in the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)

Claudio Hernández Burgos is Assistant Professor at the University of Granada. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University and visiting fellow at the Università della Sapienza (Rome), the London School of Economics and the Universidad Autónoma (Madrid). He is author of several articles in international journals and two books, which are detailed on the press website. In 2013 he co-edited a book about political attitudes in Franco's regime: No solo miedo. Opinión popular y actitudes sociales bajo el franquismo.

Published in association with the
Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies

Despite more than 20,000 published books on the Spanish civil war, it remains the case that the social and cultural dimensions of the conflict have been relatively under-researched. Ruptura focuses on how nationalism, and extremist conceptions and projects, defined daily life experiences in both the battlefield and civilian cities and towns. A principal objective is to demonstrate that the civil war was not a struggle waged between ideologies disconnected from the preoccupations and daily lives of the Spanish people. A tripartite division of the chapter contributions – Construction of the war; Wartime experiences; Memory and legacies – brings to light the climate of violence, the social and symbolic transformations resulting from political divergence, and the widespread uncertainty that shaped the behavior, attitudes, lifestyles, practices and experiences of both combatants and civilians. New theoretical approaches on so-called ‘war studies’ are addressed and engaged with.

Several contributions frame their analyses within the international context of radicalization and political violence of interwar Europe. However, attention to the European frame does not diminish the importance accorded throughout the volume to the events that occurred in Spain. Without an understanding of the development of extremist projects, ideologies and attitudes in their particular and international dimensions it is impossible to explain the atmosphere of severe social radicalization and the unprecedented levels of violence reached during and after the civil war. In present times, when the relationship of ‘extremism’ and nationalism to civil war is once again at the heart of public discourse and a preoccupation of media and governments, an historical perspective on these questions could not be more timely or necessary.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-78976-015-6
Hardback Price: £75.00/$89.95
Release Date: March 2020
Page Extent / Format: 320 pp. 234 x 156 mm
Illustrated: No


The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies 
Series Editor's Preface by Paul Preston

Claudio Hernández Burgos

Construction of the War
Popular Front Violence: A Prelude to Civil War?
Eduardo González Calleja

Civil Warfare and Nation Building: Comparative Lessons from
the Spanish Civil War
Javier Rodrigo

The Judeo-Masonic-Bolshevik Conspiracy in the Spanish Civil War,
Chris Bannister

Martyrs Old and New: The Women's Section and Neo-Baroque
Imagery of Patriotic Immolation
Aurora Morcillo

Experiences of the War
Making the 'New Spain': Violence, Nationalism and Religion in
the Rebel Zone, 1936–1939
Claudio Hernández Burgos

Reality Shock: German Pilots, Nazi Propaganda and the Spanish
Civil War
Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

CIndividualist Extremists in the Spanish Civil War: A Social History
Michael Seidman

Shifting Loyalties? Basque, Catalan and Galician Nationalist
Combatants in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939
Xosé M. Núñez Seixas

Our Extremism': The CNT from Anarcho-Bolshevism to
Bolshevization, 1931–1937
Daniel Evans

Memories and Legacies of the War
Democracy and the Legacies of Extremism
Antonio Cazorla

The Editor and Contributors
Consolidated Bibliography


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