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Un pueblo traicionado/A People Betrayed (Paul Preston)

Un pueblo traicionado/A People Betrayed (Paul Preston)

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2021


La historia del siglo XX español contada por el eminente hispanista Paul Preston. 

Un pueblo traicionado es una historia contemporánea de España escrita por un historiador británico que ama este país y que lleva cincuenta años estudiando su pasado. Nuestra rica y trágica historia permite muchas aproximaciones; este libro no cae en interpretaciones paternalistas o excepcionalistas, pero sigue las deficiencias de la clase política española entre la restauración borbónica de 1874 en la figura de Alfonso XII y el comienzo del reinado de su tataranieto Felipe VI en 2014. El resultado es un recorrido completo y equilibrado que subraya inevitablemente cómo el progreso del país ha sido obstaculizado por la corrupción y la incompetencia política, y cómo esos dos factores han provocado en repetidas ocasiones el colapso de la cohesión social y la represión violenta por parte de las autoridades. 

Una historia que entrelaza los temas de la influencia del Ejército y de la Iglesia, el rechazo popular a las clases dirigentes, el amargo conflicto social, el atraso económico y las tensiones territoriales, y que los sitúa en su contexto internacional. Así pasamos de la desesperación de la crisis de 1898 a momentos de optimismo y progreso en que la realidad social lograba actuar sobre el poder político, hasta llegar a la situación actual, de un pesimismo similar al de finales del siglo XIX. Los pueblos que no conocen su historia están condenados a repetirla, por eso este libro es de lectura obligatoria.



From the foremost historian of 20th century Spain, A People Betrayed is the story of the devastating betrayal of Spain by its political class, its military and its Church. This comprehensive history of modern Spain chronicles the fomenting of violent social division throughout the country by institutionalised corruption and startling political incompetence. Most spectacularly during the Primo de Rivera and Franco dictatorships, grotesque and shameless corruption went hand-in-hand with inept policies that prolonged Spain's economic backwardness well into the 1950s.

A People Betrayed looks back to the years prior to 1923 when electoral corruption excluded the masses from organized politics and gave them a choice between apathetic acceptance and violent revolution. Bitter social conflict, economic tensions and conflict between centralist nationalism and regional independence movements then exploded into the civil war of 1936-1939. It took the horrors of that war and the dictatorship that followed to break the pattern.

The moderation shared by the progressive right and a chastened left underlay a bloodless transition to democracy after 1975. Yet, as before, corruption and political incompetence continued to have a corrosive effect on political coexistence and social cohesion. Sparkling with vivid portraits of politicians and army officers, some corrupt and others clean, recounting the triumphs and disasters of Kings Alfonso XIII and Juan Carlos, A People Betrayed unravels the mystery of why both right and left have been unable or unwilling to deal with corruption and the pernicious clash between Spanish centralist nationalism and regional desires for independence.