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.
The battle for the Northern Republican-held territories commences in earnest and major political earthquakes take place on both sides of the war.
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.
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. Map of Spain in Winter 1936-37
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 …
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.
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. Pictures of people and places mentioned in …