The seminal account of the war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939, and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco. Antony Beevor has completely revised the text. The civil war in Spain was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest wars of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica. This was Antony Beevor's first work of non-fiction, pre-dating his international bestselling STALINGRAD and BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL.
Now, more than 20 years later, he has substantialy rewritten it drawing on masses of new material from the Spanish, Russian and German archives. His account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savagefighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war. The Spanish Civil War is a crucial episode in the history of modern war and warfare. As with his later books Antony Beevor's history is a most absorbing and lucid account.
Antony Beevor served as a regular officer in the 11th Hussars in Germany. STALINGRAD and BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL have been translated into 25 languages and won a plethora of the major prizes. His latest work, A WRITER AT WAR - VASILY GROSSMAN WITH THE RED ARMY 1941-1945, is an edition, with his Russian researcher, Dr Luba Vinogradova, of Grossman's wartime notebooks. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in France, Beevor has been chairman of Society of Authors; he is a visiting professor at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is married to the writer Artemis Cooper.