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Roosevelt and Franco during the Second World War : from the Spanish Civil War to Pearl Harbor /
Joan Maria Thomàs.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
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viii, 272 p.
ISBN
0230604501 (pbk.), 9780230604506 (pbk.)
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
isbn
0230604501 (pbk.)
9780230604506 (pbk.)
catalogue key
6963400
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Joan Maria Thomas is Professor of Contemporary History at the Universidad Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-12-01:
Yet another indication of a resurgence of interest in Franco's Spain, this study of relations between the Roosevelt administration and the Franco regime in the two years prior to US intervention in WW II offers studious research coupled with astute analysis. Thomas (Univ. Rovira i Vigili, Tarragon, Spain) divides her study into two parts. The first focuses on the diplomatic background during the Spanish Civil War. Part 2 deals with diplomacy during the ambassadorship of Alexander W. Weddell from May 1939 through March 1942. The well-supported conclusion is that the Roosevelt administration lacked a specific policy on Francoist Spain during the years of US neutrality, despite FDR's disdain for Franco's regime. The resulting "erratic" policy was the product of three factors, most immediately disagreements within the administration over policy direction. Second, FDR's Spanish policy was shaped by his desire to bolster besieged democracies, which entailed deferring to British concerns about not driving Franco into Hitler's arms. Finally, US Spanish policy was affected by Franco's "aggressive attitude" toward the US as a democratic power. A carefully presented, if densely written, study. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty. B. T. Browne Broward College
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"This is a thorough, objective and insightful treatment of a complex relationship that constitutes a major contribution to the diplomatic history of World War II. It will become the standard account." --Stanley Payne, University of Wisconsin
"This is a thorough, objective and insightful treatment of a complex relationship that constitutes a major contribution to the diplomatic history of World War II. It will become the standard account." --Stanley Payne, University of Wisconsin "Yet another indication of a resurgnece of interest in Franco's Spain, this study of relations between the Roosevelt administration and the Franco regime in the two years prior to US intervention in WWII offers studious research coupled with astute analysis." --B.T. Browne, Choice
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Summaries
Main Description
This book examines the internal controversies of the Roosevelt Administration in connection with Spain during World War II, the role of the President in these controversies, and the foundations of the policy that was followed from the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War until the launching of Operation Torch in 1942.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This work examines the internal controversies of the Roosevelt administration in connection with Spain during World War II, the role of the President in these controversies, and the foundations of the policy that was followed from the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War until the launching of Operation Torch in 1942.
Main Description
During the Second World War, the Spanish Civil War and diplomacy with Franco's Spain were issues that generated considerable controversy and tension within the Roosevelt Administration and in public opinion in the United States. At the same time, the Franco regime's stance fluctuated between disdain for a "Jewish-Masonic democracy" and a reliance on U.S. goods after 1939. This book examines the internal controversies of the Roosevelt Administration in connection with Spain, the role of the President in these controversies, and the foundations of the policy that was followed from the outbreak of the Civil War until the launching of Operation Torch in 1942. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Cordell Hull, Sumner Welles, Henry Morgenthau, Harold Ickes, and ambassadors Claude Bowers and Alexander W. Weddell became the leading players in this fascinating tale, along with Franco and his brother-in-law Ramon Serrano Suner, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Joan Maria Thomas offers important insights into the personal and political relations between these figures, reexamining them in light of recent research and helping to reconsider some of the received wisdom that has marked the historiography of the period. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Background: From the Spanish Civil War to the Second World War
Roosevelt and Franco during the Spanish Civil War (18 July 1936-1 April 1939)p. 3
Between Two Wars: From the Spanish Civil War to the Second World War (1 April-1 September 1939)p. 25
The United States and Spain from the Second World War to Operation Torch
The First Stage of Alexander W. Weddell's Embassy (May 1939-August 1940)p. 47
The Second Stage of Alexander W. Weddell's Embassy (August 1940-March 1942)p. 103
Conclusionp. 215
Notesp. 219
Sources and Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 265
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