• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Causes of the Spanish civil war.

Extracts from this document...


Spanish Civil War "The main causes of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) were the slim victory of the Popular Front in the February 1936 elections and the political murders of socialist Jose Castillo and parliamentary member Jose Calvo Stoleto." The main causes of the Spanish Civil War were, on the obvious level, the shortcomings of the Nationalist party in the 1936 elections as they lost to the Popular Front by a close margin and the assassinations of a political figurehead as well as a police officer. Beyond the straight forward answers to the causes of the Spanish Civil War there were a some 'deeper' and more complex causes in this major 20th Century conflict. ...read more.


Soon what started as a necessity as the rulers to be blessed by the clergy became a sort of 'I help you and you help me' relationship. The clergy and nobility became an immovable object in the way of the Spanish citizens. This bond began cracking under the pressure and when Queen Isabel allowed for the people to gain more freedom. She was an idealist and honestly believed that the people were able and capable of making their own decisions. This monarch was a blessing to the people of Spain but created a hope in them that made the nationalists cringe. The once 'strong' and immovable monarchy was now proposing to allow the common person to assist in making decisions for the nation of Spain. ...read more.


They, led by Francisco Franco, attempted a coup-de-t� against the Republicans, who were the socialist movement in Spain. They fought from 1936 to 1939 and throughout the war the fight was close. This was due to the fact that the country was divided so evenly. Though many attribute the start of the Spanish Civil War to political assassinations and party victories there were in actuality deeper and more complex issues that made this unstable situation worse. These causes were the newfound freedom the Spanish people felt from the monarchy and church and the differences between the Republicans and the Nationalist movements. In both of these cases virtually the entire nation was for one side so everyone had an opinion which led to Franco starting a movement and a war. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 | Page ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate History section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate History essays

  1. the causes and consequences of the spanish civil war

    Simple issues could not be unanimously decided on. This further weakened the government and worsened the living conditions for the Spanish peasants and although the wealthy had the better end of the stick, even they felt that the policy was futile.

  2. The Chinese Civil War

    Even though in the beginning, it was thought that the Nationalists Party, KMT who would win the victory in the Chinese Civil War as they had well equipped troops that outnumber the CCP's and during that time, the KMT had controlled all the major cities.

  1. The cold war - the conferences and the start of the cCold War

    Armament expenditure in the Second World War, i.e. US government expenditure, had taken America out of Depression and by 1945 she was clearly the greatest creditor nation in the world. The USA generally was very suspicious of British intentions and the concept of the British Empire; the USA was opposed to the idea of formal empires II.

  2. The Evaluation and Effect on the Formation of W.E.B Du Boiss NAACP during the ...

    "Du Bois tried what can only be called shock therapy to force the NAACP to revise its social and economic agendas by writing two editorials bearing the titles "Segregation" and "Separation and Self-Respect" Since American blacks had to live with segregation, Du Bois called on them to turn it to their advantage."

  1. Causes of the Spanish Civil War

    The dire economic situation was addressed by the land redistribution law implemented in 1932 with which some land was redistributed to attempt to lessen the socio-economic gap omnipresent in society. This unfortunately had little success as much as the poor were willing to fight for land, so were the affluent willing fight to preserve it and the process was slowed.

  2. Analyse the causes of the Spanish Civil War

    Workers in towns faced low wages, long hours and unregulated working conditions, poor housing and limited provision of health and welfare. This situation led to the growth of trade unionism, but these competed with each other and failed to achieve anything reasonable.

  1. Notes on the Causes of the American Civil War

    1776- Slavery existed in all of the 13 colonies 2. Nearing the end of 1700?s radical Protestants condemned slavery as a moral evil. 3. Other thought slavery was inconsistent with enlighten ideas which stressed liberty, equality and free enterprise. 4.

  2. Notes on the History and Development of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    It's 'Iron First' policy during the Intifada reflected a general attitude of the party that only brunt force would bring an end to the conflict once and for all. It made it clear that it would not attend a peace conference as long as the Intifada continued.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work