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From Mobilization to Civil War: The Politics of Polarization in the Spanish City of Gijon, 1900-1937 (Paperback)
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From Mobilization to Civil War: The Politics of Polarization in the Spanish City of Gijon, 1900-1937 (Paperback)

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Paperback 376 Pages / Published: 18/07/2002
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This is a social history of political polarisation as it evolved in one city over three and a half decades before the Spanish Civil War. As such it is a book about the long-term origins of the War as seen 'from below'. More broadly it is an analysis of the evolution of political culture during the transition from elite to mass politics. The book focuses on the interplay between the three main forces that competed for political control: the conservative monarchist/Catholics, the democratic republicans, and the revolutionary trade movement. It is different from other Civil War studies, in trying to understand the relationship between organised political forces and the 'masses' they sought to reach. In doing so it reveals a rich canvas of participants and activities, from trade unions and strikes to female consumer riots.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521526593
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... well focused and soundly based ... This is precisely the type of book that has been so seriously lacking in the historiography of contemporary Spain'. History
' ... this important new study is a vital contribution to the contemporary history of Spain and to the history of polarisation and protests in modern Europe'. English Historical Review
'... highly challenging and provocative as well as controversial ... This is, without doubt, a convincing and illuminating analysis of popular mobilization, social struggle, and conflict, evolving from the initial consumer and food riots to more organized forms of collective action in a society in transition from elite to mass politics.' Historical Journal
"This is a groundbreaking work that should stimulate a number of fruitful historiographical debates and discussions. It also Radcliff's achievement to have written a book that is relevant not only to specialists of modern Spain but also to historians and social scientists interested in the development of mass politics in Europe as a whole." George Esenwein, American Historical Review

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