The concluding episode of the podcast. I talk about the aftermath of the war, international treatment of Spain after WWII, the Franco years and what came afterward. It was an honor and a joy to produce this podcast for you all. Thank you for listening!
Episode 17 – Finality
The conclusion of the war.
Episode 16 – The Ebro and Appeasement
The historical blender on high speed that was Europe in 1938 affects the war in Spain directly and the Republicans try one last time to make a dent in the Nationalist’s progress.
Episode 15 – The Battle of Teruel
This week we plow into 1938 and the frigid Battle of Teruel.
Episode 14 – On the Ground and Around the World
This week’s episode talks about the personal experiences of George Orwell and Manuel Azaña during the Spanish Civil War and the Barcelona May Days and the international situation in the summer and fall of 1937.
Episode 13 – The Fall of the North
The battle for the Northern Republican-held territories commences in earnest and major political earthquakes take place on both sides of the war.
Episode 12 – A Nationalist Onslaught
We head into spring 1937 and the attempt by the Nationalists and their allies to weaken the Republicans at new points around the country after realizing that they wouldn’t be able to take the capital as easily as they had originally hoped.
Episode 11 – Chaos, Consolidation, Conciliation
This week we get right back into the situation in Spain at the end of the winter of 1936-37. We’ll finish right before the spring offensives by the Nationalists.
Episode 10 – Lusitania, Porto Cale, Portugal
Back after a very long absence, we return with a podcast about Spain’s closest neighbor, how it’s history, much like it’s architecture and language, is like a colorful, fun house mirror version of its neighbor and how they ended up having a leader in the 1930s whose goals for his country would line up better with the Nationalists in the Civil War as opposed to the Republicans. Enjoy and see you next week when we’ll get back to the front.
Episode 9 – A Republican Resurgence
This week Russia rides in on a white horse along with thousands of international troops to support the Republicans and the battle for Madrid commences. Tensions run high on both sides causing them to look for enemies internally as well as on the battlefield.
Episode 8 – A Fine Mess
The Nationalists advance, the Republicans fracture and are beaten back while democracies around the world fail to come to the aid of their Republican counterparts in Spain for fear of angering Italy and Germany. Large losses by the Republicans lead to major changes, not all for the better.
Episode 7 – Let Slip the Dogs of War
This week we return our focus to Spain and the immediate aftermath of the Nationalist uprising. In addition to extreme violence, we will see radical social and economic changes take place as a result. Spain became a cauldron of political experimentation, for better or for worse.
Taking a break this week for Labor Day. I’ll post a new episode next Sunday September 8th!
Episode 6 – The World Reacts
The great powers who had been at war less than a generation ago will react to the news of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in many different ways according to their respective political situations and experiences during The Great Depression. Democracies will be found wanting while the new fascist powers will be eager to help a new member gain membership in their small group. Franco gains a decisive advantage both against his republican enemies and his co-conspirators.
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Episode 5 – The Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back
This week we actually begin the Spanish Civil War and see how what was originally planned as a right wing military coup transforms into a interminable civil war.
Episode 4 – The Third Law of Motion
We go over the reaction of left to the right wing CEDA party entering into government after the 1933 election and how the government’s clamping down on dissent only adds more fuel to the fire.
Episode 3 – The Pieces on the Board
In this episode we’ll see the fall of the monarchy, the beginning of the Second Republic, its constituent political parties, unions and ideologies, and the events afterwards that would expose the political fault lines just below the surface in Spain at the beginning of the 1930s.
Episode 2 – A Century of Turmoil
We start with King Charles III’s reign of enlightened absolutism in the last decades of the 1800s through Spain losing all of their American colonies and finding themselves torn apart by internal wars and poor leadership all around in the latter part of that century. All of this leads to Primo de Rivera’s dictatorship in the first decades of the 1900s which will end with the beginning of the Second Spanish Republic in 1931.
Episode 1 – Origins
The 1st episode of The Iberian Knot takes us from pre-Roman civilization through the Visigoths, the Muslim Conquest of Spain, the Reconquista up through the Enlightenment and the cusp of the French Revolution. Given the condensed nature of this history, it’s definitely not recommended as a study guide for your AP History class.