Although born during the inter-war period of Facism, the Franco regime managed to survive into the predominantly liberal-democratic era of Western Europe after 1945. The book takes as its major theme the complex and changing relationship between the internal structures of dictatorship and civil society. Often characterized simply as personal dictatorship founded upon force, in reality the key to its longevity was a remarkable capacity to integrate different interest groups, to generate substantial legitimacy, and to marginalize dissent until its final years.
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Tim Rees, Lecturer in History, University of Exeter. Jean Grugel, Lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield.Review:
"Franco's Spain" looks beyond the mythology surrounding the origins of the dictatorship to provide a critical overview of the regime - from its emergence from a bloody uprising against a democratic government; through the "high period" of francoism with its poverty, hunger and fear, followed by a complex period of change and economic growth; to the final demise of the dictatorship, amid open opposition and internal defections. Economics and society are as integral a part of the story in "Franco's Spain" as politics, and international relations find their place alongside purely domestic issues. The book also peers beyond the grave, examining the transition to democracy after the dictator's death in 1975.
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