On the 75th anniversary of the Nationalist march into Madrid and Francisco Franco's declaration of victory, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College's Donald P. Wright provides an overview of a regional war with worldwide implications.
Wright looks at the causes and outcome of the Spanish Civil War in Franco and the Fascist March to Victory on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The Spanish Civil War broke out when rightist forces sought to overthrow the country's largely leftist elected government. While Franco's troops received munitions and support from Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, many Western nations - including England and the United States - maintained an official policy of non-intervention.
In 1936, writer George Orwell traveled to Spain to report on war and decided to join the Republican Army in its fight against the fascists. Years later Orwell stated that he believed "History stopped in 1936," referring to the rise of totalitarianism and his fear that the rest of Europe would soon succumb to similar forces.
Wright offers an overview of the civil war with an emphasis on the origins of the conflict, the character of the war itself, and the legacy it left to Spain. While his focus is on the population that endured three years of warfare and political terror, Wright also discusses the role played by the international community, especially those nations that intervened directly in the war and the intellectuals and artists like Orwell who shaped how the world came to view the conflict.
This program is part of the Library's continuing examination of the 75th anniversary of pivotal events of 1939.
Wright is the chief of research and publications at the Command and General Staff College's Combat Studies Institute. He is author of On Point II: Transition to the New Campaign: The U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom and A Different Kind of War: The United States Army in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.