Double podcast episode where we give a brief general overview of the Spanish civil war and revolution which broke out after the attempted military coup by right-wing general Francisco Franco 1936-1939.

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  • Part 1: Background, the military rising, streetfighting, the social revolution, women in the war – Available for early listening by relevant levels of our patreon supporters
  • Part 2: International involvement, divisions within the Republic, the military conflict, the red and white terrors, aftermath – Available for early listening by relevant levels of our patreon supporters

In these episodes, we speak with Catherine Howley and Nick Lloyd about the tensions in Spanish society which exploded in 1936, about the military coup attempt, the civil war and the social revolution by workers and peasants. These episodes give an introduction to the conflict and the main organisations involved. We have future episodes planned looking at particular aspects of the events in more detail.

Nick Lloyd is author of Forgotten Places: Barcelona and the Spanish Civil War, which is available here, and both Nick and Catherine give Spanish civil war tours of Barcelona. Some of these are available remotely. Check these out here.
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Thanks to our patreon supporters for making this podcast possible.
Thanks to the CNT for the theme tune for these episodes, “A las barricadas”.
Episode graphic photograph courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía/Wikimedia Commons.
These episodes were edited by Louise Barry.

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