Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780708320952 Published April 2008 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
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Your Children Will Be Next

Bombing and Propaganda in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Robert Stradling

Robert Stradling

Distributed for University of Wales Press

256 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 2008
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780708320952 Published April 2008 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780708320945 Published March 2008 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Baghdad, Kandahar, Jakarta—not to mention Dresden, Hiroshima, Hanoi: the mass killing of civilians as collateral damage, especially as the result of air bombardment, represents one of the most emotional and ethically urgent issues in the contemporary world. Many experts in the field see the civil war that tore apart Spain as the original site of this “new kind of war,” as George Steer, reporting on the bombing of Guernica, christened it. Your Children Will Be Next centers on the bombing of Getafe, a small town south of Madrid, shortly after that war’s outbreak—when Nationalist rebels advancing on the capital launched air raids on targets that unfortunately included this suburban township, where thirty young children were killed. The claims of the Republican government produced not only the celebrated poster—“If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next”—but also a worldwide propaganda campaign that stimulated support for the Spanish republic. The core of this thought-provoking book is a meticulous account of the alleged atrocity of Getafe that is presented as part of a wide-ranging survey of both sides’ conduct in the matter, as well as the reactions of politicians, soldiers, reporters, writers, and artists. Appealing to anyone with an interest in European history, as well as in the potent powers of media and propaganda, Your Children Will Be Next is guaranteed to stimulate lively debate on a powerful and controversial topic.
Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

 

Part One: Prelude—Spanish Bombs

 

Chapter 1: Prologue to an Imaginary Tragedy

Chapter 2: ‘If You Tolerate This . . .’

 

Part Two: Terror Out of Spanish Skies

 

Chapter 3: Collateral Damage, Bilateral Tactics

Chapter 4: The Ordeal of Madrid

Chapter 5: From Bilbao to Barcelona

Chapter 6: The War in Getafe

 

Part Three: Suffer, Little Children

 

Chapter 7: Getafe in the Headlines

Chapter 8: Hitting them Hard

Chapter 9: Views from Ground Level

Chapter 10: Masks for Murdered Innocents

Chapter 11: The Blood in the Streets

Chapter 12: A Horrified World

 

Part Four: Aspects of an Imaginary Tragedy

 

Chapter 13: Guilty by Authorship?

Chapter 14: Gernika—The True Getafe?

Chapter 15: Getafe Airbrushed Out

Chapter 16: Journey to Getafe

 

Part Five: Postlude

 

Chapter 17: Return to Wales

Appendix A: Arturo Barea—a Censor Obsessed

Appendix B: The Albrighton Diary

Appendix C: Tabularized Data from ‘Getafe’ References

 

Bibliography

Index

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