The 14 best books about the Spanish Civil War

The 14 best books about the Spanish Civil War

As July 17th marks the 85th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, The Local takes a look at the best books on the conflict.

‘Damn Spaniards’: Eight memorable quotes by historical figures who hated or loved Spain

‘Damn Spaniards’: Eight memorable quotes by historical figures who hated or loved Spain

Boogie noches: how erotic cinema boom in 1970s helped shape modern Spain

Boogie noches: how erotic cinema boom in 1970s helped shape modern Spain

Basque population’s ‘genetic singularity’ confirmed in largest-ever study

Basque population’s ‘genetic singularity’ confirmed in largest-ever study

‘Everybody freeze!’: How a failed coup 40 years ago reshaped Spain’s military

‘Everybody freeze!’: How a failed coup 40 years ago reshaped Spain’s military

Spain finally evicts Franco family from late dictator’s summer palace

Spain finally evicts Franco family from late dictator’s summer palace

Forget the pilgrims: Spaniards were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving

Forget the pilgrims: Spaniards were the first to celebrate Thanksgiving

How Spain usually celebrates its National Day (and why not everyone is happy about it)

How Spain usually celebrates its National Day (and why not everyone is happy about it)

Shakespeare’s last play discovered hidden in archives in Spain

Shakespeare’s last play discovered hidden in archives in Spain

Confusion over Spain’s plans to grant citizenship for descendants of International Brigades

Confusion over Spain’s plans to grant citizenship for descendants of International Brigades

Spain pledges to ramp up search for Franco victim graves

Spain pledges to ramp up search for Franco victim graves

Fisherman finds priceless medieval religious icon on Spanish riverbed

Fisherman finds priceless medieval religious icon on Spanish riverbed

Could 400-year-old mystery of Irish rebel chief lie in Spanish chapel?

Could 400-year-old mystery of Irish rebel chief lie in Spanish chapel?

Remembering the Battle of Jarama and the role of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War

Remembering the Battle of Jarama and the role of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War

Descendants of Spanish dictator Franco to sell off family jewels at London auction

Descendants of Spanish dictator Franco to sell off family jewels at London auction

OPINION: Franco’s gone, now it’s time to bury his ideas too

OPINION: Franco’s gone, now it’s time to bury his ideas too

What next for the Valley of the Fallen?

What next for the Valley of the Fallen?

IN PICTURES: Franco exhumed, transported by helicopter, and reburied as Spain takes ‘step towards reconciliation’

IN PICTURES: Franco exhumed, transported by helicopter, and reburied as Spain takes ‘step towards reconciliation’

October 24th: Spain sets date for Franco exhumation

October 24th: Spain sets date for Franco exhumation

Spain’s Supreme Court approves immediate exhumation of Franco

Spain’s Supreme Court approves immediate exhumation of Franco

Spain’s Catholic Church says it will not oppose Franco exhumation

Spain’s Catholic Church says it will not oppose Franco exhumation

EXPLAINED: Why Spain is on the verge of digging up General Franco
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EXPLAINED: Why Spain is on the verge of digging up General Franco

Spain celebrates 500 year anniversary of explorers who made first round-world trip

Spain celebrates 500 year anniversary of explorers who made first round-world trip

Drought reveals long lost ‘Spanish Stonehenge’ in Extremadura reservoir

Drought reveals long lost ‘Spanish Stonehenge’ in Extremadura reservoir

Photo confiscated by Nazi prison guards returned to Spanish daughter, 80 years later

Photo confiscated by Nazi prison guards returned to Spanish daughter, 80 years later

Spain sues Franco family to return dictator’s summer palace to the people

Spain sues Franco family to return dictator’s summer palace to the people

Spain complains over Vatican ‘interference’ in Franco exhumation plan

Spain complains over Vatican ‘interference’ in Franco exhumation plan

Franco’s exhumation suspended by Spain’s Supreme Court

Franco’s exhumation suspended by Spain’s Supreme Court

New mayor’s first job: Rid Spanish town of Francoist name

New mayor’s first job: Rid Spanish town of Francoist name

What is ‘Dos de Mayo’ and why does Madrid celebrate it?

What is ‘Dos de Mayo’ and why does Madrid celebrate it?

Who was Conquistador Hernán Cortés?

Who was Conquistador Hernán Cortés?

IN PICS: Map of bombed Madrid reveals a city secretly scarred

IN PICS: Map of bombed Madrid reveals a city secretly scarred

Why some of Spain’s Civil War survivors are still waiting to recover lost relatives

Why some of Spain’s Civil War survivors are still waiting to recover lost relatives

Spanish councils ordered to remove Franco symbols once and for all

Spanish councils ordered to remove Franco symbols once and for all

‘Indiana Jones of art’ finds stolen Spanish carvings in English garden

‘Indiana Jones of art’ finds stolen Spanish carvings in English garden

Eleven years jail sought for doctor in ‘stolen babies’ trial

Eleven years jail sought for doctor in ‘stolen babies’ trial

Why the Spanish Civil War continues to haunt Gothic literature

Why the Spanish Civil War continues to haunt Gothic literature

Spain just passed a decree allowing exhumation of Franco

Spain just passed a decree allowing exhumation of Franco

Rush to visit Franco’s tomb before his remains are moved

Rush to visit Franco’s tomb before his remains are moved

Digging up Franco: why Spain still can’t decide what to do with the dictator’s body

Digging up Franco: why Spain still can’t decide what to do with the dictator’s body

At Franco’s tomb, protesters rally against moving his body

At Franco’s tomb, protesters rally against moving his body

Spain’s new government vows to exhume Franco

Spain’s new government vows to exhume Franco

US returns stolen copy of Christopher Columbus letter to Spain

US returns stolen copy of Christopher Columbus letter to Spain

Spain begins to exhume bodies from Valley of the Fallen

Spain begins to exhume bodies from Valley of the Fallen

Ten must-watch films about the Spanish Civil War

Ten must-watch films about the Spanish Civil War

New series on Spanish Civil War planned by creators of ‘The Wire’

New series on Spanish Civil War planned by creators of ‘The Wire’

Storm hits Cadiz and destroys cars, boats and buildings. But reveals long lost Roman ruins

Storm hits Cadiz and destroys cars, boats and buildings. But reveals long lost Roman ruins

FOR SALE: General Franco’s summer palace

FOR SALE: General Franco’s summer palace

Iberian cave paintings reveal Neanderthals were world’s first artists

Iberian cave paintings reveal Neanderthals were world’s first artists

Is Spain still living under Francoism?

Is Spain still living under Francoism?

Franco’s summer palace to offer guided tours that ‘glorify the dictator’

Franco’s summer palace to offer guided tours that ‘glorify the dictator’

Treasure hunters wanted: to retrieve sunken gold from 18thC Spanish galleon

Treasure hunters wanted: to retrieve sunken gold from 18thC Spanish galleon

The blockade-running British women at the forefront of Basque evacuations

The blockade-running British women at the forefront of Basque evacuations

Is Spain about to dig up dictator Francisco Franco?

Is Spain about to dig up dictator Francisco Franco?

A Spanish quest to hand down prehistoric secrets

A Spanish quest to hand down prehistoric secrets

80 years on from the Guernica bombing and Spain is still struggling to honour historical memory

80 years on from the Guernica bombing and Spain is still struggling to honour historical memory

Basque town of Guernica marks 80th anniversary of bombings

Basque town of Guernica marks 80th anniversary of bombings

Fascist salutes as Franco minister is buried in Spain

Fascist salutes as Franco minister is buried in Spain

Why a Swedish gift to Barcelona is still causing a fuss 90 years later

Why a Swedish gift to Barcelona is still causing a fuss 90 years later

Mystery solved: Photographer of exquisite archive found in Barcelona flea market identified

Mystery solved: Photographer of exquisite archive found in Barcelona flea market identified

IN PICS: Exquisite images of bygone Barcelona discovered by American tourist at flea market

IN PICS: Exquisite images of bygone Barcelona discovered by American tourist at flea market

Spanish sailors were actually first to celebrate Thanksgiving

Spanish sailors were actually first to celebrate Thanksgiving

New Franco sculptures get egged in Barcelona

New Franco sculptures get egged in Barcelona

Badalona cancels Columbus holiday ‘glorifying genocide’

Badalona cancels Columbus holiday ‘glorifying genocide’

UK files show how Spanish spy tricked Nazis over D-Day

UK files show how Spanish spy tricked Nazis over D-Day

New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca

New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca

Spain is about to dig up the remains of Franco’s generals

Spain is about to dig up the remains of Franco’s generals

Spain seeks return of Nazi gifts ‘proving’ Aryan origins

Spain seeks return of Nazi gifts ‘proving’ Aryan origins

On this day: 80 years ago, Spain plunged into civil war

On this day: 80 years ago, Spain plunged into civil war

Spanish civil war veteran, Nazi camp survivor dies at 102

Spanish civil war veteran, Nazi camp survivor dies at 102

DNA from ancient Phoenician shows Iberian ancestry

DNA from ancient Phoenician shows Iberian ancestry

‘It’s time to dig up Franco’ say victims of Spain’s dictatorship

‘It’s time to dig up Franco’ say victims of Spain’s dictatorship

Hiker stumbles upon dinosaur print in hills outside Barcelona

Hiker stumbles upon dinosaur print in hills outside Barcelona

‘Hugely important’ haul of Roman coins found in Spain

‘Hugely important’ haul of Roman coins found in Spain

Wanted: amateur Indiana Joneses for Spanish dig

Wanted: amateur Indiana Joneses for Spanish dig

Spanish study reveals sordid secrets of early human sex life

Spanish study reveals sordid secrets of early human sex life

Madrid to rename Francoist streets after terrorism victims

Madrid to rename Francoist streets after terrorism victims

Search for ‘stolen babies’ continues forty years after Gen Franco’s death

Search for ‘stolen babies’ continues forty years after Gen Franco’s death

On this day in 1975: Spain’s dictator General Francisco Franco died

On this day in 1975: Spain’s dictator General Francisco Franco died

Prehistoric humans were earliest polluters, Gibraltar cave study finds

Prehistoric humans were earliest polluters, Gibraltar cave study finds

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table

Third time lucky family find $1m of Spanish gold

Third time lucky family find $1m of Spanish gold

Lost 100-yr old Titanic relic resurfaces in Spain

Lost 100-yr old Titanic relic resurfaces in Spain

400-year-old Spanish treasure on sale in NY

400-year-old Spanish treasure on sale in NY

Official: Francisco Franco was a dictator

Official: Francisco Franco was a dictator

Spanish Civil War ends, Franco moves to power

Spanish Civil War ends, Franco moves to power

‘Plane laser’ finds Roman gold mines in Spain

‘Plane laser’ finds Roman gold mines in Spain

Spain scraps plan to declassify military files

Spain scraps plan to declassify military files

Take The Local’s Spanish history quiz

Take The Local’s Spanish history quiz

Found: 1,000-year-old Islamic burial ground

Found: 1,000-year-old Islamic burial ground

Spanish mayors fight over Columbus story

Spanish mayors fight over Columbus story

Radar search could help reveal Cervantes grave

Radar search could help reveal Cervantes grave

Spanish team finds hidden ‘tomb of Jesus’

Spanish team finds hidden ‘tomb of Jesus’

Lost Spanish temple reveals scientific secrets

Lost Spanish temple reveals scientific secrets

Madrid archaeological museum to reopen

Madrid archaeological museum to reopen

‘Barcelona’s oldest shops could soon be history’

‘Barcelona’s oldest shops could soon be history’

US finds lost photos from Spain’s ‘End of Empire’

US finds lost photos from Spain’s ‘End of Empire’

Franco family ordered to return dictator’s summer palace to the people of Spain

Franco family ordered to return dictator’s summer palace to the people of Spain

Spanish dig reveals cannibal table manners

Spanish dig reveals cannibal table manners

‘These are the keys of this paradise’: how 700 years of Muslim rule in Spain came to an end

‘These are the keys of this paradise’: how 700 years of Muslim rule in Spain came to an end