The tragedy that was the Spanish Civil War
Why did Nationalists and Republicans take up arms against one another?
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The Spanish Civil War, which took place from 1936 to 1939, was in the first instance a military revolt perpetrated by right-wing Nationalists against the country's left-leaning Republican government. More broadly, the conflict was seen as the opening salvo of the Second World War. The bloodiest episode Western Europe had experienced since 1918, the civil war quickly drew in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Far more than a clash between left and right, the civil war divided a nation and led to a dictatorship that was to last for nearly 40 years. And even today, over 80 years since hostilities ended, the political and emotional consequences of the conflict still reverberate. So, why does the Spanish Civil War represent such a dreadful time and place?
Click through and revisit one of the most violent and desperate conflicts of the 20th century.
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