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Fear and Progress: Ordinary Lives in Franco's Spain, 1939-1975

ISBN: 978-1-4051-3316-6
304 pages
August 2009, ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Fear and Progress: Ordinary Lives in Franco
Utilizing hundreds of confidential documents from authorities in the Franco government, Fear and Progress: Ordinary Lives in Franco's Spain, 1939-1975 recounts the experiences of Spanish citizens who lived during the 40-year Franco dictatorship.
  • Rejects traditional explanations of the length of Franco's power and the dictator's legacy
  • Utilizes hundreds of confidential documents from authorities in the Franco government
  • Provides insights into life during the Franco era: how political violence and repression were experienced; how the dictatorship exploited illusions of peace and prosperity for its own benefit; and how the regime's legacy was manipulated
  • Reveals the Franco government's social callousness and manipulation of events
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List of Figures.

List of Plates.

Note on Sources and Abbreviations.

Glossary of Key Terms.

Introduction: Ordinary Spaniards in Extraordinary Times.

1. The Politics of Fear.

Manipulating Fear.

The Fruits of Terror.

The Lost People and the New Country.

Imposing Consent.

Faking Politics.

2. The Social Cost of the Dictatorship.

From Famine to Misery.

Surviving.

The Humiliations of Misery.

Autarky’s Long Agony.

Failure to Educate.

3. Migration.

The End of the Peasantry.

To the City.

To Europe.

Housing.

From Immigrants to Neighbors.

Left Behind.

4. A Changing Society.

The Altar and the Street.

Morals.

Becoming Consumers.

Leisure.

New Areas of Confusion.

5. Roads to Citizenship.

A Demobilized Society.

Old Memories, New Expectations.

The Risks of Peace.

The Beginning of the End.

Facing the Future.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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Antonio Cazorla Sànchez is Associate Professor of History at Trent University. He is the author of two previous books and numerous articles in prestigious journals on Franco's Spain.
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  • Recounts the experiences and memories of citizens who lived during the Franco era
  • Rejects traditional explanations of the length of Franco's power and the dictator's legacy
  • Utilizes hundreds of confidential documents from authorities in the Franco government
  • Provides insights into life during the Franco era: how political violence and repression were experienced; how the dictatorship exploited illusions of peace and prosperity for its own benefit; and how the regime's legacy was manipulated
  • Reveals the Franco government's social callousness and manipulation of events
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"A good solid history. ... The real-life stories of real-life people are presented and it is to these bread-and-butter issues that historians should be listening." (Reviews in History, April 2010)

Antonio Cazorla succeeds in capturing the complexity and contradictory character of life in Spain under Franco in a unique way. This book penetrates beneath the surface of politics and government to deal with the lives of ordinary people and helps to open a new perspective on the Franco years.
Stanley Payne, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This is a pathbreaking study of the Franco regime as experienced by ordinary Spaniards. Cazorla Sanchez paints an impassioned portrait of a people subjected to decades of violence who built a propserous society and left fear behind to become citizens and make  the most impressive transition to democracy in 20th century Europe.
Adrian Shubert, York University, Canada

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