Host Seth Reeves goes through the history of the Spanish Civil War that occurred between July 17th, 1936 and Apr 1st, 1939. Each episode will be from 30-60 minutes and the hope is that I will be able to produce them weekly.
Episode 18 – Franquismo to Democracy, Consequences and Conclusions
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. Map of Republican and Nationalist Spain prior to The 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.
Decent recounting of the history, but uncritical
Good and bad. A well executed podcast in the style of the History of Rome. the good is that it relies on good/great historians, so you get a factual retelling in broad strokes. The bad is that he skips over the histories critical of the Spanish Republicans, namely that they were conducting widespread anti-Catholic pogroms under the color of law after rigging the elections of 1936 and hijacking the Republic. Instead, we’re presented with a false equivalence.
There are a lot of people earnestly revisiting the anti-Franco histories, especially now that international politics is trending once against towards anarchist political violence, Marxist insurgency, disputed elections, and an rising communist international effort against western societies. He draws this parallel at the beginning of the podcast, but the end he disappoints and completely ignores widespread US political violence in the summer of 2020.
Bottom line is that it’s well worth listening, but an incomplete, amateur, and admittedly biased retelling.
As much editorial as historical.
What could have been great content was ruined by biased editorial comment. History is a record of what happened, not how you feel about it.
Detailed and Thorough
Everyone is a critic. I'd wager Reeves knows more than most on this subject. A little leftist bias but I feel he is upfront about his stances and also that he is not a professional historian. Still, this podcast is a phenomenal feat. Reeves has made the war accessible and understandable to those who aren't going to read 5 books on it.