Spanish Civil War Causes Essay Sample

The Spanish Civil War


Spanish Civil War, military rebellion against the Republican administration of Spain, upheld by moderate components inside of the nation in (1936–39). At the point when an early military overthrow botched to gain control of the whole nation, a gory civil war followed, battled with awesome fierceness on both sides. The Nationalists, as the dissidents were named, gotten help from Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. The Republicans got help from the Soviet Union, and also from International Brigades, made out of volunteers from Europe and the U.S.


Course of the war


The Long-term reasons for the Spanish Civil War were because of the political flimsiness and brawl in the middle of conservatism and radicalism. This incorporates:


Vulnerability of government


  • Elections were fixed or chose in confidential.

  • Political power moved between the well off oligarchs and their different factions.

  • 1871 onwards Spain was a legitimate realm with a parliament that held little power.

  • Two major factions, Conservatives and Liberals, with extremely no contrast between them.

Financial reasons


  • Most lived in servile neediness, with a huge crevice in the middle of rich and poor.

  • Spain was mostly an agrarian economy, and it was wasteful, therefore not giving adequate food and its work was regular.

  • There was a requirement for modernisation and change, and was restricted by endemic need

Political restriction


  • General Union of Labors was more obvious in arranging strikes/dissents in provincial region.

  • Liberal development accomplished little in contradicting traditionalist powers, however remained a political constrain and upheld the unrest that evicted the King in 1931.

  • Spanish Socialist Group had developed in rustic ranges yet had negligible effect.

The way of the Spanish Civil War


  • Fatalities were high, with assailants gaining slight role.

  • Misinformation was utilized to desensitize the adversary.

  • For foreign forces it was constrained, for the Spanish it was entire civilian war.

  • Massacre was basic.


Impacts and outcomes of the Spanish War



Financial expense


  • Agrarian economy was wasteful and inadequate.

  • High price rise.

  • Madrid's correspondence systems, cable system required modifying.

  • Huge obligations.

Political impacts


  • All force unified in Madrid.

  • The nation got to be 'solidified in time' as no modernization occurred for many years.

  • Purpose of new administration to reinstate forces to the special class and manage the average workers.

  • 1939, Decree of Political Duty made backings of Republic obligated to discipline.

  • Containment and evacuation of political restriction made financial solidness.

In conclusion, the political and passionate resonations of the war far rose above those of a national clash, for some in different nations saw the Spanish Civil War as a component of a global clash between—contingent upon their perspective—oppression and democracy, or dictatorship and flexibility, or socialism and human evolution. The war was a result of a polarization of Spanish life and legislative issues that had created over decade years earlier.

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Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil War took place between 1936-39

Long-term Causes

Spain was struggling to modernise at the beginning of the 20 th century, with social and political structures rooted in tradition Spain had been in decline since after having been a great power in the 15th and 16th centuries, relinquishing its grip on most colonial territories which culminated in the humiliating loss to the USA in which Cuba, the Philippines and Puerto Rico were transferred Spain was also a divided country marred by many problems, and as such many Spaniards called for national "regeneration"

Failings in the Political System



Between 1875-1923 Spain was a constitutional monarchy under Alfonso XII (1865-85) and Alfonso XIII (1885-1931) of the House of Bourbon, which originally came to the Spanish throne in 1715 Political powered was largely monopolised by rich landowners and the electoral system was heavily rigged, so much so that the parties practised the turno pacifico in which elections were rigged through clientelism to rubber-stamp a predetermined change that had been agreed upon by the parties resulting in a peaceful alternation of government The two main political parties—the Conservatives and the Liberals—both represented the landowners, despite universal male suffrage being introduced, and as such elections made no real difference "[Spain] had major regional problems exploited or ignored but always exacerbated by unrepresentative and oligarchic politicians." —Frances Lannon Between 1909-23, 34 successive governments held office

Political and Social Divisions



After 1900, Socialist and Republican organisations began to appear in larger towns The 1851 concordat made Catholicism the state religion, mandated the teaching of Catholic doctrine in schools, recognised Church properties and granted salaries to be paid by the government to clergy members See Political Divisions document Power was in the hands of the latifundia (landowners), despite the braceros (workers) being the majority

Role of the Army

Alongside the Church, the army was the other great institutional pillar of conservative Spain


Having a very high ratio of officers to men, the army was a major financial drain on the country The army had a long tradition of political intervention, dating back to 1914, staging a number of pronunciamientos (military declarations) in which it had directly taken control of the government or brought about changes in government; sometimes these were leaning in a liberal direction, other times they were authoritarian

Events leading up to War Dictatorship of Primo de Rivera (1923-30)






By 1923, the Bourbon monarchy was fundamentally discredited and only survived a further seven years through the army's pronunciamiento which installed Captain General Miguel Primo de Rivera as Prime Minister At that time, confidence in the Spanish monarchy was greatly undermined by a military disaster in 1921 in which 12,000 Spanish troops were killed in Annual, Morocco, by Riffians during the Rif War In response a parliamentary inquiry was launched into the defeat, which threatened to expose major failings in the government and army Primo was intent on tackling Spain's troubled and often violent history of industrial disputes; early on, he was successful in winning qualified support from the Socialists and UGT (Socialist Trade Union) from having established an arbitration system for labour disputes and limited government subsidies for housing and healthcare, leading to a decrease in labour-related conflict Nevertheless, Primo's social justice-inspired fiscal reforms (including the taxation of both capital and wages) was met with robust resistance from the banking sector and ultimately defeated Primo instigated large-scale investment in infrastructure schemes, including dams, roads, bridges and irrigation projects An upturn in world trade between 1923-29 also aided Primo's dictatorship The dictatorship failed in 1929 for several reasons: o Primo had alienated many of Spain's intellectuals by, amongst other measures, censoring the press and attempting to extend the influence of the Church into higher education by awarding state accreditation to private, Catholic universities o Although intent on improving the conditions of industrial workers and prepared to introduce social reform to that end, Primo was highly conservative in other areas; above all, he was committed to Spanish indivisibleness or unity, and as such was hostile towards Catalan and Basque demands for autonomy and banned the use of the Catalan language in religious services, thereby radicalising Catalan regionalism o Although Primo was opposed to fundamental land reform, the modest changes that he did introduce were still enough to antagonise landowners o Spanish nationalists were antagonised by Primo's failure to extend Spanish Morocco into Tangiers and gain a permanent seat on the League of Nations' Council

Primo also lost some support from the army due to his heavyhanded disbandment of the Artillery Corps following their complaints of loss of special privileges o Primo also gambled to fund his infrastructure projects—having failed to reform the taxation system—by borrowing heavily, a strategy which became totally unstuck when the Great Depression hit in 1929 (particularly due to its impact on Latin America, which was a vital trading area for Spain) o To counter the subsequent rising inflation, Primo disastrously insisted on overvaluing the peseta, before eventually obliging to its severe devaluation o The impact of the Great Depression of Spanish workers, compounded by Primo's actions, led the Socialists to end their cooperation with him o "In trying to tackle the grievances of so many different groups simultaneously, he finished up satisfying none and arousing the animosity of most." —Christopher Ross Primo resigned in January 1930 King Alfonso appointed the elderly and ill General Berenguer as Primo's replacement, who proved very indecisive and ultimately provoked huge anger by initially promising a general election but then postponing them for over a year The appointment of Berenguer further undermined confidence in the monarchy and stimulated a growth in republicanism o


The Establishment of Second Republic (1931)




In August 1930 representatives of republican organisations signed the Pact of San Sebastian, with the intention of overthrowing the monarch, and in October the Communist Party joined the republicans to form a Revolutionary Committee King Alfonso called municipal election in April 1931, which turned into a referendum on the monarchy—although pro-monarchist candidates won more seats than republicans overall, the republicans still dominated urban areas, more accurately reflecting public opinion as rural elections were often rigged by the landowning elite. As a result of the election, Alfonso abdicated, and the Second Spanish Republic was established the same month (April) The new republic was met with both great excitement and anxiety amongst the population, e.g. many were fearful that institutions that had been associated with the monarchy, such as the Church and army, would come under attack, while Basque and Catalan nationalists saw a promise of greater autonomy or even outright independence "'Republic' was a code that Spaniards knew how to read." —Frances Lannon The Second Republic's political history was extremely turbulent and volatile, marked by dramatic swings from left to right to left again All three cases were unstable coalitions, with the electoral system contributing to this as small majorities in votes cast could translate to large majorities in the Cortes (Parliament)

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