Irrational Triumph

Irrational Triumph

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A nationalist vision, strongly rooted in Spanish Catholicism and military culture, was one of the most powerful ideological tools of the Franco regime until its demise in 1975. Although nationalist movements in Spain's Basque and Catalan provinces have been closely studied, hitherto little attention has been given to the origins and evolution of nationalism in Spain itself. In this meticulously researched and brilliantly argued study, historian Geoffrey Jensen examines the complex and richly diverse origins of Francoist nationalism. In the years following defeat in the Spanish-American War, Spain's leading intellectual figures struggled to explain the reasons for their country's decline and to argue over possible means to regenerate the nation. Among these figures were members of Spain's Restoration officer corps, men whose views reflected a surprisingly wide range of ideas and political positions, who participated in the new intellectual movements that attracted so much attention elsewhere in Europe, and whose values ranged from extreme conservatism to Nietzschean modernism. The diversity of this military culture, as Jensen demonstrates, gradually narrowed as events in early twentieth-century Spain seemed to encourage ever more radical solutions to the social, political, and economic unrest of the period. Jensen's pathbreaking analysis of Spain's military culture during the years between 1898 and the establishment of Primo de Rivera's dictatorship in 1923 marks a major contribution to our understanding of subsequent Spanish history. Focusing on the intellectual world of Spain's military elite -- its education, values, and the writings of some of its leading intellectual figures --Irrational Triumph reveals the evolution of a military culture that ultimately became a principal bulwark for Franco's fascist regime and whose monolithic nationalist vision shaped the fate of Spain and the country's non-Castilian minorities for the rest of the century.Most strikingly, his vision of war as an overwhelmingly spiritual and mystical affair a€” not to be understood or pursued with ... refusal to embrace his technical ideas completely; in 1911 he would complain bitterly that many aspects of his manual on ... interest of many of his colleagues in proposals regarding universal military service and educational reform in Spain, ... War, although he differed markedly from most Spanish military observers in the lessons he drew from Moltkea#39;s victory.

Title:Irrational Triumph
Author:Geoffrey Jensen
Publisher:University of Nevada Press - 2002


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