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France Divided

The French and the Civil War in Spain

August 12, 2022 | Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781845195311
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France Divided analyzes the schism in French public opinion - during the Spanish Civil War - that was to end in the tragic collapse of French national unity. It examines how the French people viewed their position in the international imbroglio swirling around the Spanish question and how news was manipulated as never before. Since opinion polls were nonexistent and radio commentary had little influence, the press was the main means of gauging public opinion. Mainstream historical fact is presented as the skeleton on which French press reportage is grafted. Included in the historical material is the author's research in the archives of all five of the French departements bordering on Spain. Within the press, four areas predominate: editorial opinion, propaganda, French correspondents in Spain, and collateral events in France (frontier incidents, arms supplies, foreign volunteers, and espionage activities). The book is divided into two parts, with a chronological hiatus coming in December 1936. This division is explained by the policy formulated by the democracies that went through no appreciable change - a policy sufficiently strong, perhaps, to deter the Axis powers from all-out intervention in Spain, but weak enough to allow them to pursue with impunity a victory by attrition. The periodic opening and closing of the French frontier played no decisive part in the outcome, since French aid to the Spanish Republic never came close to what the Axis provided the Nationalists. The book ends with the agony of the Republican exodus.

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About this Author

ISBN: 9781845195311
Format: Trade Paperback
Series: Lse Studies in Spanish History
Pages: 462
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Published: 2022-08-12

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