Colin Murphy: After a pact of amnesia, Spain dares to remember its history

Despite scars left by the worst excesses of nationalism, preserving the memory of the Spanish Civil War is vital

17th July, 2016
Spanish Civil War Pic: Universal History Archive/REX/Shutterstock

Eighty years ago last night, the first shots were fired in the coup d’état that would launch the Spanish Civil War. In turn, that war would mark the first stage in the descent of Europe into conflagration. The coup was known by its leaders as the Alzamiento, or rising. Like our own Rising, it was perceived as a war of liberation. Like our own, it was ultimately successful.

But unlike the centenary...

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