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Defending democracy: the politics of public order in Republican Spain, 1931-1936

Blaney, Gerald (2012) Defending democracy: the politics of public order in Republican Spain, 1931-1936. Ayer, 88 (4). pp. 99-123. ISSN 1134-2277

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Abstract

The Second Spanish Republic has often been described as «authoritarian» when considering its policies towards protest and public order. This article challenges both the «continuity» and the «authoritarian» arguments by asking new questions, reevaluating deeply-entrenched assumptions, and putting the experience of the Second Spanish Republic in the historical context of Interwar Europe. It will argue that despite some of the seemingly non-democratic measures taken in defence of democracy, these were temporary, pragmatic responses meant to combat what were seen as immediate threats, and not indicative of a fundamental lack of intention to democratize the Spanish State and Spanish society.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.ahistcon.org/31.htm
Additional Information: © 2012 Asociación de Historia Contemporánea
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DP Spain
Sets: Research centres and groups > Canada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2013 11:35
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/48034/

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