Franco: A Personal and Political Biography

Franco: A Personal and Political Biography

by Stanley G. Payne, Jesús Palacios

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General Francisco Franco (1892–1975), ruler of Spain for nearly forty years, was one of the most powerful and controversial leaders in that nation's long history. This deeply researched biography treats the three major aspects of his life—personal, military, and political. It depicts his early life, explains his career and rise to prominence as an army officer who became Europe's youngest interwar brigadier general in 1926, and then discusses his role in the affairs of the troubled Second Spanish Republic.

Stanley G. Payne and Jesús Palacios examine in detail how Franco became dictator and how his leadership led to victory in the Spanish Civil War that consolidated his regime. They also explore Franco's role in the great repression that accompanied the Civil War—resulting in tens of thousands of executions—and examine at length his controversial role in World War II. This masterful biography highlights Franco's metamorphoses and adaptations to retain power as politics, culture, and economics shifted in the four decades of his dictatorship.

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ISBN-13: 9780299302139
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 11/24/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 584
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Stanley G. Payne is the Hilldale–Jaume Vicens Vives Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of many books, including A History of Fascism, 1914–1945; The Franco Regime, 1936–1975; and Spain: A Unique History. Jesús Palacios is a noted historian, investigative journalist, and adjunct professor at the University of Madrid.

Table of Contents

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1 The Making of a Spanish Officer (1892–1913)                    

2 The Youngest General in Europe (1913–1926)                    

3 Director of the General Military Academy (1926–1931)                 

4 From Ostracism to Chief of Staff (1931–1936)                   

5 The Destruction of Republican Democracy (1936)              

6 Franco Becomes Generalissimo (1936)                     

7 Forging a Dictatorship (1936–1939)            

8 Winning the Civil War (1936–1939)                       

9 Franco and the Nationalist Repression (1936–1945)            

10 From Civil War to World War (1939–1940)                     

11 The Great Temptation (1940–1941)                     

12 Surviving World War II (1941–1945)                    

13 Franco at Bay (1945–1953)                       

14 Franco at His Zenith (1953–1959)            

15 Franco at Home                 

16 Development Dictator (1959–1964)                     

17 Facing the Future (1964–1969)                  

18 Franco and the Modernization of Spain                  

19 Twilight Years (1969–1974)                      

20 The Death of Franco (1974–1975)            

Conclusion: Franco in the Perspective of History                   




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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book provides a relatively unbiased account of a man whose tale is often marred by partisan ideals.  It is well-researched and thorough, dealing with his personal life as well as his military exploits.  This book paints a picture of a good man in troubled times, forced to act through outside events to protect what he thinks is right