Blood of Spain: An Oral History of the Spanish Civil War download epub
by Ronald Fraser
Ronald Fraser is married to a Spanish historian, Aurora Bosch, and has taught Spanish history and oral history . The nineteenth-century civil wars between Carlists and liberals were part of the long struggle in the overthrow of absolutism and the consolidation of a bourgeois state.
Ronald Fraser is married to a Spanish historian, Aurora Bosch, and has taught Spanish history and oral history at the University of California, Los Angeles. The relative strengths of the two opposing social forces can be gauged by the fact that these wars stretched intermittently over more than forty years, of which some sixteen were consumed in actual fighting at different levels of intensity.
Ronald Angus Fraser (9 December 1930 – 10 February 2012) was a British historian noted for his oral histories and in particular for Blood of Spain, his oral history of the Spanish Civil War. Born in Hamburg to an upper-middle class Scottish father and wealthy American mother, Fraser was educated at boarding school in England and the USA and undertook further studies in Switzerland and France.
Fraser's oral history of the period, if only indirectly, gives some answers to the reasons for that failure. The format Mr. Fraser has chosen, an oral history by participants from all sections of Spanish society and virtually all political parties, is an interesting way to provide those answers.
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Ronald Fraser was born in 1930 in Germany, educated in England, the US and Switzerland, and .
Ronald Fraser was born in 1930 in Germany, educated in England, the US and Switzerland, and has worked on Spanish contemporary history, among other things, for the past 25 years. He first went to Spain in 1957, living in the then isolated mountain village of Mijas, Malaga, to write a novel, published in 1960. In 1970 he wrote In Hiding: The Life of Manuel Cortes, an oral history of the last socialist mayor of Mijas who had emerged from 30 years of hiding after Franco’s victory in the Spanish Civil War.
Blood of Spain An Oral History of the Spanish Civil War. Ronald Fraser. A brilliant novel about memory, love, and the clash between the old world and the new, set in 1950s Spain. We discover what civil war, revolution and counter-revolution actually felt like from inside both camps. The contours of the war take shape through the words of the eyewitnesses. The atmosphere of events is vividly recaptured. He turned his back on the old man to mourn in silence this unnecessary death and his part in it; but the sight of the coffin brought anger instead.
The Spanish civil war is, for me, the great tragedy of twentieth century history. Blood of Spain is one of the most effective works of oral history I have read and one of the best books on the Spanish Civil War. December 1997. In quantitative horror it pales beside the Holocaust and many other events, but it has all the classical elements of tragedy: a combination of inevitableness and contingency, the gradual closing of possibilities, and human and organisational flaws aplenty.
The Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 has been the subject of innumerable works from every possible political and military perspective possible
The Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 has been the subject of innumerable works from every possible political and military perspective possible. A fair number of such treatises, especially from those responsible for the military and political policies on the Republican side, are merely alibis for the disastrous policies that led to defeat.