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In the interests of justice?: grass-roots prosecution and collaboration in Francoist military trials, 1939-1945

Anderson, Peter (2009) In the interests of justice?: grass-roots prosecution and collaboration in Francoist military trials, 1939-1945. Contemporary European History, 18 (01). pp. 25-44. ISSN 0960-7773

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Abstract

In 1939 Francoists won the Spanish Civil War, but continued to prosecute hundreds of thousands from the defeated Republican side in summary military tribunals that imposed either the death sentence or jail terms of up to thirty years. Historians have paid much attention to the outcomes of these trials and stressed the institutional power of the courts within the emerging Francoist state. By contrast, this article, through a study of court documents, examines how the Francoist authorities devolved much of the prosecution process to the municipal level. Here they came to rely on their grass-roots supporters to identify, classify, provide testimony against and convict Republicans.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJourna...
Additional Information: © 2009 CUP
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DP Spain
Sets: Departments > International History
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2011 13:01
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30318/

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