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Skeletons in the Closet, Skeletons in the Ground

Repression, Victimization and Humiliation in a Small Andalusian Town - The Human Consequences of the Spanish Civil War

August 12, 2022 | Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781845195366
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This book examines the human consequences (individual, social, cultural, and economic) of civil war and political repression in Castilleja del Campo, a town in southern Spain with barely more than 600 inhabitants today. The narrow geographical focus allows for a coherent chronological narrative with relevance to current public issues, such as the unequal distribution of wealth, political polarization, the violation of human rights, government surveillance of civilian populations, extra-legal detentions, torture, and executions. The declarations of eyewitnesses are complemented by personal documents, contemporary newspaper accounts, and documents from the town's municipal archive and other archives in the province of Seville. The book presents the events from the proclamation of the Second Spanish Republic in April 1931 onward, from multiple points of view, and it analyzes the interactions among a gallery of characters: Republican and pro-Franco mayors and councilmen * union leaders and affiliates * members of the fascist-inspired Spanish Falange * the schoolteacher * the priest * widows and orphans of the men who were shot * administrators and managers of the estates of the nobles * shaved women paraded through the streets * combatants * day laborers * civil guards * black marketers * prisoners. Placing these characters and events in their provincial, regional, and national context, the town becomes a microcosm that reflects the experience of Spain during those traumatic years.

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ISBN: 9781845195366
Format: Trade Paperback
Series: Lse Studies in Spanish History
Pages: 312
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Published: 2022-08-12


"A work such as yours for every town in Spain that suffered the same sad fate would be the basis for a true reconciliation and closure on the war."  --Carlos Barciela López

"Contributes to Spain's democratic memory and to the understanding of the crimes of the Franco regime, so long hidden. Democratic Spaniards deserve and need works like yours."  --Francisco Moreno Gómez

"You have managed to make [the participants] come alive with tact and respect, saving from oblivion simple people who deserve to be remembered. . . . I admire the way you have managed to combine oral testimonies with your explorations of the available archives."  --Patricio de Blas Zabaleta

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