By Gerald Brenan
Gerald Brenan's The Spanish Labyrinth has develop into the vintage account of the historical past to the Spanish Civil warfare. Written in the course of and instantly after the Civil struggle, this publication has the entire vividness of the author's event. It represents a fight to determine the problems in Spanish politics objectively, while bearing witness to the deep involvement that is the single attainable resource of a lot of this richly special account. As a literary determine at the edge of the Bloomsbury team, Gerald Brenan lends to this narrative an attractive own sort that has familiarize yourself to many hundreds of thousands of readers over the many years because it used to be first released.
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M. founded by reunion of Left Communists and Bloque Obrero y Campesino Portela Valladares forms Feb. Popular Front victory at elections May Azaña becomes President of Republic July , Calvo Sotelo murdered July , Rising of Army in Morocco. 1936 Bilbao Bilbao Saragossa BARCELONA MADRID Saragossa BARCELONA MADRID Valencia Valencia Seville Seville Six maps to show the Fundamental Political Divisions of Spain from 1873 to 1936 xxxvii PART I THE ANCIEN RÉGIME – u I do not know where we are going, but I do know this – that wherever it is we shall lose our way.
His mistake, as Cánovas saw it, had been the usual Spanish one – of attempting to carry out ambitious projects without sufﬁciently considering the economic and material means by which they were to be achieved. The Spanish national vice had always been over-conﬁdence and optimism. Cánovas, who hated optimists, determined to take exactly the opposite path: to give the country a rest from civil wars and politics: to encourage it to build up its industries and enrich itself, and to hope that, as the ruling classes became by this process more European, they would lose some of their native sloth and egoism and acquire a greater sense of their responsibilities.
These no doubt have been the opinions of most Spaniards in all ages and from whatever class they have come. Yet one ought not to take such opinions quite at their face value, but should make some allowance for the idealism of Spaniards in political matters and for their abnormal sensitiveness to injustice. No race is more severe in its judgements upon these things. Favouritism and commissiontaking show as blackly in their eyes as embezzlement. Spaniards, as a race, are neither just nor fair, but they are honest.