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The Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Civil War took place from 1936 to 1939 and was fought between the Republicans, who were loyal to the democratic, left-leaning Second Spanish Republic, and the Nationalists, a falangist group led by General Francisco Franco. The Nationalists won, and Franco then ruled Spain for the next 36 years, from April 1939 until his death in November 1975.

The Spanish Civil War is a six-part Channel Four documentary series chronicling the Spanish Civil War from the origins of the War to the end of the War, using stills, interviews and copious archive film from British and Spanish sources.

Episode 1 - Prelude to Tragedy
1931-1936: The origins of the Spanish Civil War.

Episode 2 - Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Terror
How more than half the total death toll of 500,000 came not through battle but through murder, execution and massacre behind the lines.

Episode 3 - Battlegrounds for Idealists
The international contribution to the war, from idealist volunteers on both sides to assistance for the Republicans from the Soviet Union and the policy of non-intervention held by Britain and France.

Episode 4 - Franco and the Nationalists
How General Franco rose from being a cautious conspirator in 1936 to fusing together the conflicting ideologies of the Nationalists and becoming Europe's longest-ruling dictator of the twentieth century.

Episode 5 - Inside the Revolution
The nature of the Spanish republic, the extent of the revolution that it unleashed, and how violent divisions arose creating a civil war within the civil war.

Episode 6 - Victory and Defeat
How the Civil War ended with the Republic split and Franco then victorious, the fate of refugees, and Spain's subsequent history under Franco's dictatorship.


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Spanish Civil War - wikipedia
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