June 2, 2011

ONE THAT NOT ONLY PRESERVED SPAIN FROM THE FATE THAT BEFELL COMMUNIST BLOCK NATIONS...:

Spaniards outraged over favourable Franco biography: Admirer of the Spanish dictator was commissioned to write entry in dictionary of national biography (Giles Tremlett, guardian.co.uk)

Spain's royal academy of history has triggered a row after publishing a publicly funded dictionary of national biography which includes an admiring description of the country's bloodiest 20th-century figure, General Francisco Franco.

After 12 years' work and more than €6.5m (£5.7m) in taxpayers' money, the first volumes of the encyclopaedia were unveiled last week only for readers to discover that the dictator's biography had been written by Professor Luis Suárez, an 86-year-old Franco apologist who is better known as a medievalist.

The entry describes how Franco "became famous for the cold courage which he showed in the field" while a young officer in Africa, and goes on to say that his brutal years in power saw him "set up a regime that was authoritarian, but not totalitarian."


...and outperformed most of the rest of Europe economically but that was poised for an easy and successful transition to democracy.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 2, 2011 5:07 AM
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