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Eduardo Barreiros and the Recovery of Spain$
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Hugh Thomas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300121094

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300121094.001.0001

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There Came Forth from the Soil Armed Men

There Came Forth from the Soil Armed Men

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(p.45) 8 There Came Forth from the Soil Armed Men
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Eduardo Barreiros and the Recovery of Spain
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Hugh Thomas

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300121094.003.0008

This chapter elaborates on the civil war in Spain. Calvo Sotelo was seized in his flat in the Calle Velázquez in Madrid by a captain of the civil guard, Fernando Condés, who came from Pontevedra. This shocking noche gallegain Madrid was the trigger of civil war in Spain. The government had been legitimately elected, but this murder showed that they could not preserve order. The death of Calvo Sotelo was the signal for putting into practice a plan for a coup d'état prepared by right-wing army officers. All over the Spanish mainland, and in the Canary and Balearic Islands, as a consequence of a carefully worked-out plan, generals, colonels, or, in some cases, mere majors, sought to take power by declaring a state of war.

Keywords:   Spain, civil war, Calvo Sotelo, Madrid, government

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