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