Much more relevant now than when originally posted here in May, 2016:
A reader sends:
Great series. Recently watched all 6. This covers politics, economics, and even tactics.
The military leadership initiated a nationalist coup. Police threw in with the socialists and raided the armories. Regions tried to split from Spain and in some places it also included Catholic vs. Catholic fighting.
Ask yourself why this isn’t taught in American schools?
Another background story:
“I was 6 years old in July 1936 when the war started,” remembers Ismael Virto, a U.S. representative of Spain’s University of Navarra. “There was a knock on the door, and it was the militia — self-appointed men and women, Spanish people, with guns.”
“They said, ‘Give arms to the people!’ Our house was modest, a middle-class house in the city of Valencia, which was controlled by the socialists. Why did this gang come to us? My father had a car, which was a problem — for us,” Virto continued.
“So, the militia searched our house. They took whatever weapons we had, a hunting gun and some ceremonial swords. But then they saw it and knew we were dangerous: My grandfather had a life-sized crucifix in his bedroom. And to these guys, the Church was their enemy,” Virto explained.