The role of the Spanish Right in the course of the twentieth- century has been a neglected area of academic study, The Politics of Revenge, redresses this providing a succinct and disturbing account of how the Spanish Right seized power through a bloody civil war in the 1930s, held power for nearly forty years through the exercise of state terror and then fought to block the return of democracy. This important book presents a highly readable and disturbing analysis of the ruthless and violent political scene. Apart from the brief intervals of the Second Republic (1931-1936) and the post-1977 democratic regime, modern Spain has been dominated by the Right. On the occasions when that dominance has been challenged by the forces of democracy the Right has responded with violence. In 1936, it called upon the military to reimpose it's hegemony though a fierce and bloody civil war. The consequence was forty years of repressive dictatorship under Franco. Subsequent progress towards the re-establishment of democracy has been punctuated by frequent attempts at military coups.
The Politics of Revenge studies the intransigence of the Spanish Right in its authoritarian, fascist and military forms.