It traces the major occupations carried out by the Francoists
after the failure to capture Madrid in November 1936, and before the final conquest of the entire country in late March 1939, thereby providing insight into the period between the end of the much studied ohoto terror of 1936, and the occupation of large cities such as Madrid, Valencia and Alicante.
In Duenas's melodramatic account of the events that led to Beigbeder's apparent fall from grace with the Francoist
regime, Serrano Suner and Franco himself, "dos absolutos desconocedores de la politica internacional," are the bad Francoists
that "disenaban sobre el mantel de la merienda un nuevo orden mundial con la pasmosa osadia a la que solo pueden llevar la ignorancia y la soberbia" (365).
Instead, Juan Carlos confounded the Francoists
by renouncing his executive power so he could guide the country towards democracy.
He defied the hopes of the Francoists
for an extension of autocratic rule.
When he was asked whether it was a good thing that former Francoists
had played such a prominent role in the transition, he used to say: 'I never asked anyone where they came from, only where they wanted to go'.
Once the civil war is won by the Francoists
, Mundeta (2) is forced back into the domestic spaces, and Mundeta (3) is still trying to break free from the "Angel of the Home" trope in 1968.
Anderson (London School of Economics and Political Science) investigates the scale and brutality of these proceedings in the years 1939-1945, focusing in particular on the role of grassroots Francoists
in supporting and sustaining the work of the military tribunals and also investigating the fates of the victims following their prison terms, showing how they often were further criminalized, stigmatized, and marginalized through the efforts of the regime's supporters working together with Francoist
by the painstaking efforts of the Francoists
to seize and piece together
He reported that Basque mine-sweepers had cleared the approaches to Bilbao and that Basque batteries of naval artillery with a fifteen-mile range were holding the Francoists
Silence was naturally their response as they shifted uncomfortably, thinking me to be crypto-fascist, as I had clumsily (rather than unknowingly) crossed the "don't mention the war" taboo mentality afflicting most Spaniards, whose parents or grandparents often fell on different sides of the republican and Francoist
camps--sub-categories of communists, democrats, socialists, anarchists and progressives on one 'side' and monarchists, Phalangist-fascists, the Catholic church, Francoists
and the axis powers on the other side.
increasingly unable to keep his mouth shut about the hypocrisy he sees from his mother's side of the family, who are stuck-up, wealthy Francoists
led by a matriarchal grandmother (Isabel Ruth).
Thus, the Spanish working classes were to the Francoists
what "Jews were to that other, more notoriously renowned Volksgemeinschaft" (123).