Today in History: Spanish Civil War

Soldier kisses his son goodbye, Spain.

Today in History–July 17–the Library of Congress features the Spanish Civil War, which began on this date in 1936. Often considered a precursor to World War II, the military contest between left-wing forces and fascists attracted international involvement on both sides. The war lasted nearly three years and ended when  Nationalist troops led by Francisco Franco overcame Republic forces and entered Madrid. Franco’s military dictatorship ruled Spain for nearly 40 years. Find out more  by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more resources.

Spanish Civil War historical newspaper coverage 1936-39

Spanish Civil War posters thumbnails only

Spanish Civil War image set thumbnails only

David Seymour (CHIM) Photograph Collection

Acquisition of David Seymour’s Spanish Civil War Photos webcast

David Seymour (CHIM), Photographer of the Spanish Civil War Picture This blog November 17, 2014

Muriel Rukeyser and the Spanish Civil War From the Catbird Seat blog January 8, 2015

Personal narratives mentioning the Spanish Civil War

Robin De Los Bosques in the Spanish Civil War 4 Corners of the World

Spanish Civil War Collections University of California San Diego

Gerda Taro: Spanish Civil War Photos International Center of Photography

The Mexican Suitcase photos of the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and Chim (David Seymour), International Center of Photography

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