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Probing the Enigma of Franco

Author(s): Andrew Sangster

Book Description

This book has been written for the student and general reader to study the Franco regime within an accessible framework. It explores the various views of Franco provided by biographers and historians, and acknowledges that political bias and various moral stances are forever evident.

The background of any character is critical and Part One is a brief summary of Spanish history during this period. Part Two examines Franco the person, and Part Three looks at his highly contentious polices during World War Two. The final section explores Franco and postwar Spain as a pariah state gaining a small degree of respectability because of Franco’s attempted manipulation of the Vatican, and his relationship with America during the Cold War.

Franco was a long-surviving dictator from the 1930s and highly repressive to the bitter end, despised by many and feared by his countrymen, yet respected by others.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-1334-1
ISBN-10: 1-5275-1334-3
Date of Publication: 01/09/2018
Pages / Size: 303 / A5
Price: £61.99


The Revd Dr Andrew Sangster is the author of several history books and magazine articles, and co-authored a book with an Italian historian. His publications include Pathway to Establishment, and Nazi Thug to British Mayor. He has written several biographies including Field Marshal Kesselring, Göbbels, Himmler and Göring, as well as a history of France from 1936 to 1946, entitled The Agony of France. In the book Two and a Half Deserters, he studies the events leading up to desertion in the Italian campaign through the eyes of three nationalities. Of this last book, Sir Michael Howard wrote “I have seldom read anything that deals so well with the ‘underside of war.’” Although ordained as a priest, he has spent half his working life in education at secondary and tertiary levels, and he holds a doctorate in Modern European History, as well as degrees in Law, Theology, English and History.