Spain During World War II

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-07-14
  • Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr
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"The story of Spain during World War II has largely been viewed as the story of dictator Francisco Franco's foreign diplomacy in the aftermath of civil war. Wayne H. Bowen now goes behind the scenes of fascism to reveal less-studied dimensions of Spanish history. By examining the conflicts within the Franco regime and the daily lives of Spaniards, he has written the first book-length assessment of the regime's formative years and the struggle of its citizens to survive." "Examining the effects of World War II on key facets of Spanish life - Catholicism, the economy, women, leisure, culture, opposition to Franco, and domestic politics -Bowen explores a wide range of topics: the grinding poverty following the civil war, exacerbated by poor economic decisions; restrictions on employment for women versus the relative autonomy enjoyed by female members of the Falange; the efforts of the Church to recover from near decimation; and methods of repression practiced by the regime against leftists, separatists, and Freemasons. He also shows that the lives of most Spaniards remained apolitical and centered on work, family, and leisure marked by the popularity of American movies and the resurgence of loyalty to regional sports teams."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Wayne H. Bowen is Associate Professor of History at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(15)
Chapter 1. Foreign Policy, Civil War to World War 16(24)
Chapter 2. Foreign Policy, World War to Cold War 40(23)
Chapter 3. Domestic Politics 63(29)
Chapter 4. The Economy 92(43)
Chapter 5. Culture and Leisure 135(35)
Chapter 6. Women and the Sección Femenina 170(27)
Chapter 7. The Catholic Church 197(31)
Chapter 8. The Authoritarian State and the Opposition 228(29)
Conclusion 257(6)
Bibliography 263(14)
Index 277

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