Opinions On Spanish Civil War?

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I can't say I'm too sad about the outcome. Franco and the Nationalists saved Spain from the clutches of communism, for which they should receive the universal gratitude of posterity for averting what would have been the disastrous situation of having a Stalinist state on the periphery of Europe. Franco was like a 20th-century version of the European crusaders of old, driving back the soulless and destructive hordes of communism which sought to destroy Spain. If I had had to choose a side in the civil war, I would have joined the Nationalists in a heartbeat.

I like Spanish republican music though

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I'd like to learn more about the civil war given that my maternal grandparents were growing up during it, my great-grandparents fought in it, and also that Franco came from the same region of Spain as my dad's side of the family.
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(Original post by Plantagenet Crown)
I'd like to learn more about the civil war given that my maternal grandparents were growing up during it, my great-grandparents fought in it, and also that Franco came from the same region of Spain as my dad's side of the family.
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The Republicans were not all Stalinists, far from it.
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The Republicans were not all Stalinists, far from it.
True, there were anarchists and others. But the risk of them becoming little more than a Stalinist state was there. And any form of communist political organisation is a threat.
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What's your view of Franco?

Do you believe his government possessed the characteristics of a "fascist" regime?



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Europe abandoned Spain to a fascist takeover, and it really should be considered a stain on Franco-British interwar policy. That said, the Revolution achieved in Catalonia and Aragon, short-lived though it was, was remarkable.
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Leftists like to paint Franco as a fascist but that's not the case and it demonstrates their lack of nuance in applying such terminology. Franco was a Catholic conservative and yes, he was authoritarian with right leaning views but his regime never practised anything like ethnic genocide or aggressive expansionism as Hitler (did both) and Mussolini (did the latter) did. Franco wasn't an ideal Democrat, but he saved Spain from both anarchistic Trotskyite and Stalinist communist factions whose prospective governments would have been economically ruinous and would have killed tens of millions as did other extreme left governments. Quite frankly, the moderates in the Republican movement were losing control to the more militant leftist wings. Spain benefitted from a Franco victory in a way it thankfully never had to see, and that was to avoid communism.
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it was inevitable, due to years of tensions between the Monarchists and Republicans.

Franco was always more likely to win, since he managed to unite all anti-monarchists into the Falange, and got Hitler to support him.

he was brutal, but then i think spain had been pretty unstable for well into the 19th century, so it needed him to some degree. Even still, i don't think Spain has been a success since it became a democracy, it's still poor compared to the northern European EU members.
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You mean the October 2017 war?
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