‘The Spanish Civil War was many wars, Catholics versus anti-clericals, regional nationalists versus centralists – especially military ones, and industrial workers versus employers. Arguably, the most divisive issue was the long-running agrarian war now illuminated by this sophisticated and lucid study. Within a lengthy chronological span and an awareness of the wider European and Latin-American context, the authors have produced a welcome and highly nuanced work that will supplant the now fifty-year old classic on the agrarian question by Edward Malefakis.'
Sir Paul Preston - author of The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth Century Spain
‘Why Democracy Failed is a breakthrough study of socioeconomic conditions in Spanish agriculture during the early twentieth century. It strikingly restructures our understanding of the conflicts that lead to the breakdown of the Second Republic, replacing often subjective political interpretations with decisive new data to analyze agrarian conditions and social polarization. Broad in scope and impressively original in content, this is the best new historical account of Spanish agriculture in half a century.'
Stanley G. Payne - author of The Spanish Civil War
‘These two experts in agrarian history advance new and nuanced interpretations of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Spanish political and economic developments. They make important contributions to the literature on the origins of the Spanish Civil War and place the Spanish situation in a European and global comparative context.'
Michael Seidman - author of Transatlantic Antifascism: From the Spanish Civil War to the End of World War II
‘This is a very important contribution … Highly recommended. General readers, advanced undergraduates through faculty, and professionals.'
‘Why Democracy Failed is an ambitious and important contribution to the scholarship on European agrarian history and specifically the history of the Second Spanish Republic of the 1930s.’
Source: Agricultural History