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The Spanish Civil War An Ignored Revolution The Spanish Civil War is often ignored by many nations for the simple reason of them supporting those who would eventually declare war on them In the early 1930s a miniscule republic emerged in the country of Spain At this time most of Europe was already a republic but this was Spains first attempt at this Spain had always been a monarchy since before medieval times It was the last monarchy in a major European nation In 1936 the Spanish Army stationed in Morocco under the leadership of fascist General Francisco Franco finally rebelled against the new republic Fraser 588 The republic for a variety of reasons eventually lost the war after three years of bloody fighting The main reason that the Spanish Republic lost the civil war of 1936-1939 was because the United States Great Britain and France remained neutral while Germany and Italy sent massive aid to the fascist rebellion of Franco The United States refrained from aiding the Spanish Republic for several reasons Beginning after World War I American foreign policy had consisted of isolationism the government wanted to focus on domestic problems and not meddle in the affairs of other nations especially a European one Werstein 138 During the thirties the United States was involved in the Great Depression and most Americans did not want to get involved in a war The majority of Americans chanted the slogan America First which echoed the policy of isolation Werstein 153 Many American companies owned interests in Spain In fact many industries in Spain were controlled by foreign investors The largest American interest in Spain was the Spanish national telephone service which was completely owned by an American company Werstein 136 If the republic with a strong communist influence won the war thought the US France and Britain possibly all of the foreign businesses would be nationalized A fascist regime under Franco would protect the corporations which
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