The Spanish Civil War Revisited

The Spanish Civil War Revisited

Spain last year commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. The occasion elicited a massive outpouring of articles, memoirs, books, conferences. The bloody events were re-examined and scrutinized, but one would have had to look far and wide to encounter anything even remotely comparable to Ronald Radosh’s recent exercise in trivializing one of this century’s most searing social cataclysms. (See his “But Today the Struggle: Spain and the Intellectuals,” in the New Criterion, October 1986; his exchanges with Irving Howe in Dissent, Winter 1987, and Brian Morton in the Nation of November 29, 1986 and December 27/January 3, 1987.)

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