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The Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Michael Alpert



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Cambridge University Press
14 June 2018
European history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Spanish Civil War; Land forces & warfare
This is a long-awaited translation of a definitive account of the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Michael Alpert examines the origins, formation and performance of the Republican Army and sets the Spanish Civil War in its broader military context. He explores the conflicts between communists and Spanish anarchists about how the war should be fought, as well as the experience of individual conscripts, problems of food, clothing and arms, and the role of women in the new army. The book contains extensive discussion of international aspects, particularly the role of the International Brigades and of the Soviet Russian advisers. Finally, it discusses the final uprising of professional Republican officers against the Government and the almost unconditional surrender to Franco. Professor Alpert also provides detailed statistics for the military forces available to Franco and to the Republic, and biographies of the key figures on both sides.
By:   Michael Alpert
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   527g
ISBN:   9781108462310
ISBN 10:   1108462316
Pages:   392
Publication Date:   14 June 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Prologue; 1. The Spanish Army in 1936; 2. Military and paramilitary forces in Spain on 18 July 1936; 3. The militia months: July-December 1936; 4. Militarisation; 5. Professional officers in the Republican Army; 6. A new officer corps; 7. The experience of individuals; 8. The political commissars; 9. The communists, the anarchists and the Republican Army; 10. International aspects; 11. Reorganisation; 12. The Casado uprising; Conclusions; Appendices; Bibliography.

Michael Alpert is Emeritus Professor of the History of Spain at the University of Westminster.

Reviews for The Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

'This book by Professor Michael Alpert is probably the most exhaustive study of the Popular Army of all those completed until now ... his analysis of the overall development of the Army, its most salient characteristics and particular aspects, is unsurpassed ...' Anales de Historia Contemporanea (review of Spanish language edition) 'This revised edition is the best and most readable account of the Spanish Republican Army in any language, fully informed and admirably objective. A unique institutional history.' Stanley G. Payne, Hilldale-Jaume Vicens Vives Professor of History Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Madison 'This is a thorough and painstaking account of the Republican Army from its pre-Civil War origins to its defeat in 1939, based on years of research in archives, and correspondence and interviews with protagonists. It mobilises a wealth of evidence from primary sources to the latest secondary literature. Its analysis is scrupulously balanced, lucid, and dispassionate.' Sebastian Balfour, Professor Emeritus, London School of Economics and Political Science 'How refreshing [to] find a book that is intensely researched in the primary sources, scrupulously fair in its analysis, and of genuine utility in understanding this complex struggle ... Incisive yet wide-ranging, this book offers a wealth of information and insights ... Indispensable for modern European collections ... Essential. All levels/libraries.' G. P. Cox, Choice 'An outstanding account of the Ejercito popolar republicana ... Professor Alpert gives us a comprehensive, sympathetic, but by no means uncritical look at a surprisingly effective 'improvised' army ... an essential read for anyone interested in the Spanish Civil War or the improvisation of military armies.' Albert Nofi, Strategy Page (strategypage.com) 'Alpert's rich, eminently readable and objective book is a welcome addition to the English-language historiography on the Spanish Civil War. Perhaps its greatest value, however, will not be for historians of Spain, who have been reading and citing his Spanish-language books for over three decades, but in the field of comparative history. Transnational historians will, for example, be able to use the case of the Republican Popular Army to ask more general questions about building and disciplining an armed force during a period of revolution and civil war.' James Matthews, Journal of Contemporary History

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