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Many would argue that Franco should never have been enabled to come to power After all he was a born into a particular caste as a soldier not a politician he was doing the wrong job That is a view which many hold however history has taught us that it does not take a politician to make decisions fairly and lead a country what should classify you as a politician anyway This essay will look at the many facets of Francos leadership and their effects on the people It must be understood that Franco ruled in Spain for over thirty years and with this being such a large timescale there are a lot of things to consider There will be limitations to this essay the timescale as mentioned before is going to mean there may be quite a few generalisations However the aim is to come to a conclusion which will give the best possible impression of life in Spain and what it was like for the different groupings within it It is probably best to have a systematic rundown of events or topics in Francos regime rather than going from one year to the next as this will lack clarity and purpose Therefore this essay will look at social groups of importance in Spain one by one with the general aim of deciding whether or not life was good under Francos regime The first social group to look at will be the working classes or the labourers the poorest social group in Spanish society Naturally it would seem that most of the labourers would be against a nationalist authoritarian government especially when there were socialist and liberal alternatives However their living standards actually rose and the level of wages and salaries after remaining stable was to rise and by 1970 compete with the levels in France However it is important to point out that the gap between the rich and the poor
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