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Franco and Hitler : Spain, Germany, and World War II / Stanley G. Payne.

By: Payne, Stanley G.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008Description: viii, 328 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780300122824 (cloth : alk. paper); 0300122829.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history | World War, 1939-1945 -- Spain | Spain -- Politics and government -- 1939-1975 | Spain -- Foreign relations -- Germany | Germany -- Foreign relations -- SpainAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Franco and Hitler.DDC classification: 940.53/46 Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
I: From Civil War to World War -- The Spanish Civil War -- Hitler's strategy in the Civil War -- Military and international significance of the Civil War -- A tilted neutrality -- II: "Nonbelligerence" -- Franco's temptation -- The meeting at Hendaye and its aftermath -- The Zenith of collaboration -- Temptation continues -- The Blue division -- Temptation abates -- Temptation ends -- III: The struggle to escape the "axis stigma" -- Spanish diplomacy and the Holocaust (I) -- Spanish diplomacy and the Holocaust (II) -- Neutrality by compulsion -- The end of the relationship.
Review: "Was Franco sympathetic to Nazi Germany? Why didn't Spain enter World War II? In what ways did Spain collaborate with the Third Reich? To what extent did Spain assist Jewish refugees? This is the first book in any language to answer these intriguing questions. Stanley Payne, a leading historian of modern Spain, explores the full range of Franco's relationship with Hitler, from 1936 to the Fall of the Reich in 1945." "Whereas Payne investigates the evolving relationship of the two regimes up to the conclusion of World War II, his principal concern is the enigma of Spain's unique position during the war, as a semi-fascist country struggling to maintain a tortured neutrality. Why Spain did not enter the war as a German ally, joining Hitler to seize Gibraltar and close the Mediterranean to the British navy, is at the center of Payne's narrative. Franco's only personal meeting with Hitler, in 1940 to discuss precisely this, is recounted here in groundbreaking detail that also sheds significant new light on the Spanish government's vacillating policy toward Jewish refugees, on the Holocaust, and on Spain's German connection throughout the duration of the war."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-308) and index.

I: From Civil War to World War -- The Spanish Civil War -- Hitler's strategy in the Civil War -- Military and international significance of the Civil War -- A tilted neutrality -- II: "Nonbelligerence" -- Franco's temptation -- The meeting at Hendaye and its aftermath -- The Zenith of collaboration -- Temptation continues -- The Blue division -- Temptation abates -- Temptation ends -- III: The struggle to escape the "axis stigma" -- Spanish diplomacy and the Holocaust (I) -- Spanish diplomacy and the Holocaust (II) -- Neutrality by compulsion -- The end of the relationship.

"Was Franco sympathetic to Nazi Germany? Why didn't Spain enter World War II? In what ways did Spain collaborate with the Third Reich? To what extent did Spain assist Jewish refugees? This is the first book in any language to answer these intriguing questions. Stanley Payne, a leading historian of modern Spain, explores the full range of Franco's relationship with Hitler, from 1936 to the Fall of the Reich in 1945." "Whereas Payne investigates the evolving relationship of the two regimes up to the conclusion of World War II, his principal concern is the enigma of Spain's unique position during the war, as a semi-fascist country struggling to maintain a tortured neutrality. Why Spain did not enter the war as a German ally, joining Hitler to seize Gibraltar and close the Mediterranean to the British navy, is at the center of Payne's narrative. Franco's only personal meeting with Hitler, in 1940 to discuss precisely this, is recounted here in groundbreaking detail that also sheds significant new light on the Spanish government's vacillating policy toward Jewish refugees, on the Holocaust, and on Spain's German connection throughout the duration of the war."--Jacket.

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CHOICE Review

This latest offering by Payne (emer., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison; The Collapse of the Spanish Republic, 1933-1936, CH, Mar'07, 44-4080) explores both the relationship between Hitler and Franco and the diplomatic dealings between Germany and Spain from the Spanish Civil War to the end of WW II. Using mainly secondary sources, Payne joins a number of recent scholars, including the late Javier Tusell and Wayne Bowen (e.g., Spain during World War II, CH, Jun'07, 44-5852) in demonstrating that Spain's neutrality in the war was generally in question, and determined primarily by Hitler's unwillingness to grant territorial concessions and economic assistance to the egomaniacal Franco and his impoverished nation. This flies in the face of myths often put forward by the regime itself, which present Franco as clever and adept at keeping Spain out of the conflict. Though Spain's foreign service saved a few thousand Sephardic Jews from atrocious doom, the author suggests the regime could have done more if it was so inclined. Payne's suggestion that the opportunistic Franco had more in common with the scheming Stalin is both evocative and iconoclastic. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. A. Sanabria University of New Mexico

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Stanley G. Payne is Hilldale-Jaume Vicens Vives Professor of History Emeritus, University of Wisconsin#150;Madison. He is a world authority on the history of European fascism and is the author of many books on Spanish and modern European history, including The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism and The Collapse of the Spanish Republic, 1933#150;1936 , both published by Yale University Press. He lives in Madison, WI.</p>

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