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Review: Franco and The Spanish Civil War

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This book is a nice, concise look at the Spanish Civil War. I used it for revision purposes, to remind myself of some of the details of heavier tomes that I have encountered on this subject. The author’s analysis of the causes of the War are precise and factual, without noticeable bias. The account of the war itself focuses on the political changes and has an underlying reasoned account of why events transpired and their implications on the outcome of the wider conflict. There is an inevitable tragedy to the Spanish Republic, with bitter infighting plaguing all their attempts at retaining democracy. The lurch to the left from within is seen as an inevitable result of the lack of full international support and the Republicans’ heavy reliance on Soviet Aid. Franco’s luck and expert conciliation of his own individual powers can be seen as gifted by not only the over Italian and German military aid but also the insistence on non-intervention by the Allied powers of Britain and France. The different policies of either side, especially in relation to the peasants and working classes and the depth of internal conflict and terror is a shock to any reader’s system. This book covers the principal details of the gruesome conflict that was the Spanish Civil War very well and is a good guide to the key events and a nice summary of the causes, conflict and its outcomes.

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Review: Franco and The Spanish Civil War – by Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses

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This book is a nice, concise look at the Spanish Civil War. I used it for revision purposes, to remind myself of some of the details of heavier tomes that I have encountered on this subject. The author’s analysis of the causes of the War are precise and factual, without noticeable bias. The account of the war itself focuses on the political changes and has an underlying reasoned account of why events transpired and their implications on the outcome of the wider conflict. There is an inevitable tragedy to the Spanish Republic, with bitter infighting plaguing all their attempts at retaining democracy. The lurch to the left from within is seen as an inevitable result of the lack of full international support and the Republicans’ heavy reliance on Soviet Aid. Franco’s luck and expert conciliation of his own individual powers can be seen as gifted by not only the over Italian and German military aid but also the insistence on non-intervention by the Allied powers of Britain and France. The different policies of either side, especially in relation to the peasants and working classes and the depth of internal conflict and terror is a shock to any reader’s system. This book covers the principal details of the gruesome conflict that was the Spanish Civil War very well and is a good guide to the key events and a nice summary of the causes, conflict and its outcomes.

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Review: The Albanians: A Modern History

The Albanians: A Modern History by Miranda Vickers My rating: 4 of 5 stars Albania is one of those countries that have a colourful history and is a place that was a bit of an anomaly to me. I know that it is publicly perceived as a poor backwater of Eastern Europe but I wanted to read this well-written book to glean further information. After the fall of the Ottomans in the Balkans, Albania came into being as an independent entity. This came out of the back of several Balkan conflicts. The Albanians are one of the rainbow of ethnic tribes in the region, with their own language, culture and religions. The new country was plunged into a period of turmoil, facing the brunt of two world wars as it attempted to establish itself. The ancient ways of Ottoman times left a great deal of difficulty for any ruling power to modernise and Albania seemed destined to become isolated and a haven for political extremes, reaching a zenith under the charismatic tutelage of the communist dictator Enver Hoxha. His forty year rule paved the way for Albania to develop in its own unique way, relying at different times on the patronage of Russia, China, Yugoslavia and Italy. With the fall of communism in the modern era, a new democratic age was heralded, though the much anticipated improvements were not quite so instant with the country facing many political crises, the collapse of pyramidal banking schemes, the rise of organised crime and ongoing disputes about the ethnic Albanians in neighbouring countries. I found this book particularly enlightening in helping me to understand the Kosovo situation and all that it entails. As we move into the twenty-first century Albania holds Kosovo’s hand and makes inroads into its own emergence as a balkan power. It is now a member of NATO and has high hopes of full EU accession. The region is an interesting one and to understand Albania and its peoples this book is heralded as the cornerstone text for English-speakers. View all my reviews

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Paolo Maldini by Wesley Gerrard (Italian Stage B coursework)

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Descrivi una persona o una casa Paolo Maldini è un ex calciatore italiano, di ruolo difensore.È alto, è 186 centimetri, una buona altezza per un difensore. Ha i capelli neri e lunghi.La sua lunga carriera, durata venti cinque anni, ha vestito solo la maglia del Milan, con cui ha vinto 26 trofei. Conta 126 presenze con la Nazionale italiana. Detiene il record di presenze in Serie A (647), nella competizioni UEFA per club (174) ed è il giocatore con più presenze con la maglia del Milan (902).   Ho visto Paolo Maldini segnare un bel gol contro il Liverpool a Istanbul ma è stata una partita in cui il Milan ha continuato a perdere. E ‘uno dei migliori giocatori che ho visto nella vita reale. Sono stato un fan di Paolo Maldini e di Milano dal (momento che i) tempo dei grandi giorni dei giocatori olandesi, Rijkaard, Vna Basten e Gullit lì nel 1980. Paolo Maldini sarà ricordato nella storia come uno dei più grandi giocatori di tutti i tempi.     Bravo Wesley, non mi intendo molto di calcio, ma mi ricordo di Paolo Maldini   Valutazione: Contenuto: eccellente (6) Accuratezza grammaticale eccellente (9) Vocabolario e registro eccellente 10 Risk taking +3   Totale 28/30  

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Ben DJ joins Dr House Music

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Ben DJ joins Dr House Music Ralph aka Doctor House Music  – has appointed Ben DJ, a big Italian / Tunisian DJ, who rides high on the Beatport Progressive chart, to the team of his great Dutch Dance Music Website.  Wez G has been part of the Dr House Music team for a while and welcomes heavyweights such as Ben DJ coming in…  

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