Looking back

Hugh Thomas on the work done, over the past twenty years, by historians of the Spanish Civil War

  • The Spanish Civil War by David Mitchell
    Granada, 208 pp, £9.95, December 1982, ISBN 0 246 11916 0

In a review, 22 years ago, of my history of the Spanish Civil War, Malcolm Muggeridge concluded that the one merit of the book was that no one would want to go into the disagreeable matter again. That proved over-optimistic. Since then, there has been a flood of memoirs, monographs and reconsiderations. After 1970, it enveloped Spain.

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