Political Science departmental doctoral seminar - Why was there Civil War in Spain: A comparative perspective

Departmental Seminar
Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 1:30pm
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Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 1:30pm to 3:10pm

The Political Science and History Department

cordially invite you to the doctoral seminar 



Why was there Civil War in Spain: A comparative perspective

Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 13.30, room FT 809

 Julián Casanova

University of Zaragoza 


Between 1910 and 1931 various Republics emerged in Europe, democratic regimes, or with democratic aspirations, that replaced hereditary monarchies that had been established for centuries there. Most of them, significantly those such as the German, Austrian and Czech republics, had been established as a result of their defeat in the First World War. The sequence had begun in Portugal, with the overthrow of the monarchy in 1910, and the Spanish Republic was the last to be proclaimed. The only example that survived as a democracy during those years until the outbreak of the Second World War was the Irish Republic, created in 1922. All the others were overthrown by counter-revolutionary military uprisings, authoritarian movements or Fascists. But the coup d’état of July 1936 was the only one that led to a civil war. And this difference needs to be explained.