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FRANCISCO FRANCO BAHAMONDE (Spanish pronunciation: ; 4 December 1892 – 20 November 1975) was a Spanish general who ruled over Spain as a military dictator for 36 years from 1939 until his death.

As a conservative and a monarchist , he opposed the abolition of the monarchy and the establishment of a republic in 1931. With the 1936 elections , the conservative Spanish Confederation of Autonomous Right-wing Groups lost by a narrow margin and the leftist Popular Front came to power. Intending to overthrow the republic, Franco followed other generals in attempting a failed coup that precipitated the Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
. With the death of the other generals, Franco quickly became his faction 's only leader.

Franco gained military support from various regimes and groups, especially Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
and Fascist
Fascist
Italy , while the Republican side was supported by Spanish communists and anarchists as well as the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
, Mexico
Mexico
and the International Brigades
International Brigades
. Franco personally requested the Bombing of Guernica in 1937. Franco won the war, which claimed half a million lives, in 1939. He established a military dictatorship , which he defined as a totalitarian state. Franco proclaimed himself Head of State and Government under the title _El caudillo _, a term similar to _Il duce _ (Italian) for Benito Mussolini and _Der Führer
Führer
_ (German) for Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
. In April 1937, Franco merged the fascist and traditionalist political parties in the rebel zone , as well as other conservative and monarchist elements, into FET y de las JONS , outlawing the rest of political parties, thus Spain
Spain
became a one-party state .

Upon his rise to power, Franco implemented policies that were responsible for the repression and deaths of as many as 400,000 political opponents and dissenters , that, through the use of forced labor and executions in the concentration camps his regime operated, caused the mass amount of deaths. Despite maintaining a policy of neutrality during World War II
World War II
, he provided military support to the Axis in numerous ways; he allowed German and Italian ships to use Spanish harbors and ports during the war, the Abwehr gained intelligence in Spain
Spain
on Allied activities, and the Blue Division fought alongside the European Axis against the Soviet Union until 1944. Communists
Communists
at the time and popular critics on the left called his regime "fascist ", but academics typically categorize it as conservative and authoritarian. Spain
Spain
was isolated by the international community for nearly a decade after World War II. By the 1950s, the nature of his regime changed from being openly totalitarian and using severe repression to a more authoritarian system with limited pluralism. During the Cold War
Cold War
, Franco appeared as one of the world's foremost anti- Communist
Communist
figures; his regime was assisted by the West and it was asked to join NATO
NATO
. By the 1960s, Spain
Spain
saw incremental reforms and progressive economic development.

Franco died in 1975 at the age of 82. He restored the monarchy before his death, which made King Juan Carlos I his successor, who led the Spanish transition to democracy . After a referendum , a new constitution was adopted , which transformed Spain
Spain
into a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy.

A strongly controversial figure within Europe and abroad, Franco is seen as a divisive and debated leader. Supporters credit his strong anti-communist views, preservation of traditional Spanish practices and support of the Monarchy of Spain
Spain
as positive influence over the nation. Critics disparage him as an autocratic dictator who violently suppressed opposition and dissent, banned culture seen as non-Spanish and provided support to the Axis powers during the war and abroad.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Military career

* 2.1 Rif
Rif
War and advancement through the ranks

* 2.2 During the Second Spanish Republic
Second Spanish Republic

* 2.2.1 General
General
election of 1936

* 3 From the Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
to World War II
World War II

* 3.1 The first months * 3.2 Rise to power * 3.3 Military command * 3.4 Political command * 3.5 The end of the Civil War * 3.6 World War II
World War II

* 4 Spain
Spain
under Franco

* 4.1 Political oppression * 4.2 Women in Francoist Spain
Spain
* 4.3 Spanish colonial empire and decolonisation * 4.4 Economic policy * 4.5 Regions

* 5 Franco and the United States
United States
* 6 Death and funeral * 7 Legacy * 8 Ancestors

* 9 In popular media

* 9.1 Cinema and television * 9.2 Music * 9.3 Literature

* 10 See also * 11 Notes * 12 References * 13 Bibliography

* 14 Further reading

* 14.1 Primary sources

EARLY LIFE

His parents with Francisco in arms, on the day of his baptism on December 17, 1892.

Franco was born at half past noon on December 4, 1892, at 108 Calle Frutos Saavedra in Ferrol , Galicia . He was baptised thirteen days later at the military church of San Francisco, with the baptismal name Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo; Francisco for his paternal grandfather, Paulino for his godfather, Hermenegildo for his maternal grandmother and godmother, and Teódulo for the saint day of his birth. Arms of the Franco family until 1940

His father was of Andalusian ancestry. After relocating to Galicia, the family was strongly involved in the Spanish Navy , and over the span of two centuries produced naval officers for six uninterrupted generations, down to Franco's father Nicolás Franco y Salgado Araújo (November 22, 1855 – February 22, 1942).

His mother was María del Pilar Bahamonde y Pardo de Andrade (1865 – February 28, 1934) and she was an upper middle-class Roman Catholic. His parents married in 1890. The young Franco spent much of his childhood with his two brothers, Nicolás (Ferrol, 1891–1977) and Ramón , and his two sisters, María del Pilar (Ferrol, 1894 – Madrid
Madrid
, 1989), and María de la Paz (Ferrol, 1899 – Ferrol, 1903). The latter died in infancy. Nicolás was later a naval officer and diplomat who in time married María Isabel Pascual del Pobil y Ravello. Ramón was a pioneer aviator , a Freemason with originally leftist political leanings who was killed in an air accident on a military mission in 1938. María del Pilar married Alonso Jaráiz y Jeréz.

MILITARY CAREER

Ramon, Pilar and Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco
in 1906

RIF WAR AND ADVANCEMENT THROUGH THE RANKS

Francisco was to follow his father into the Navy, but as a result of the Spanish–American War
Spanish–American War
the country lost much of its navy as well as most of its colonies. Not needing any more officers, the Naval Academy admitted no new entrants from 1906 to 1913. To his father's chagrin, Francisco decided to try the Spanish Army
Spanish Army
. In 1907, he entered the Infantry Academy in Toledo , graduating in 1910 as a lieutenant. Two years later, he obtained a commission to Morocco. Spanish efforts to occupy their new African protectorate provoked the protracted Rif
Rif
War (from 1909 to 1927) with native Moroccans. Their tactics resulted in heavy losses among Spanish military officers , and also provided an opportunity to earn promotion through merit. It was said that officers would receive either _la caja o la faja_ (a coffin or a general's sash). Franco quickly gained a reputation as a good officer. In 1913, Franco transferred into the newly formed regulares : Moroccan colonial troops with Spanish officers, who acted as shock troops . This transfer into a perilous role may have been decided because Franco failed to win the hand of his first love, Sofía Subirán . (The letters between the two were found and she was questioned by journalists.)

In 1916, aged 23 and already a captain, he was shot by enemy machine gun fire. He was badly wounded in the abdomen, specifically the liver, in a skirmish at _El Biutz_ and possibly lost a testicle . The physicians of the battle later concluded that his intestines were spared because he inhaled the moment he was shot. His survival marked him permanently in the eyes of the native troops as a man of _baraka _ (good luck). He was recommended for Spain's highest honour for gallantry, the coveted _Cruz Laureada de San Fernando _, but instead received the _Cross of Maria Cristina, First Class_. With that he was promoted to major at the end of February 1917. This made him the youngest major in the Spanish army. From 1917 to 1920, he served in Spain. In 1920, Lieutenant Colonel
Colonel
José Millán Astray , a histrionic but charismatic officer, founded the Spanish Foreign Legion , on similar lines to the French Foreign Legion . Franco became the Legion's second-in-command and returned to Africa. On July 24, 1921, the poorly commanded and overextended Spanish Army
Spanish Army
suffered a crushing defeat at Annual from Rif
Rif
tribesmen led by the Abd el-Krim brothers. The Legion and supporting units relieved the Spanish enclave of Melilla
Melilla
after a three-day forced march led by Franco. In 1923, by now a lieutenant colonel , he was made commander of the Legion.

That year, he married María del Carmen Polo y Martínez-Valdès . Three years later the couple had a daughter, María del Carmen . Following his honeymoon Franco was summoned to Madrid
Madrid
to be presented to King Alfonso XIII . This and other occasions of royal attention would mark him during the Republic as a monarchical officer. Promoted to colonel , Franco led the first wave of troops ashore at Al Hoceima in 1925. This landing in the heartland of Abd el-Krim's tribe, combined with the French invasion from the south, spelled the beginning of the end for the short-lived Republic of the Rif
Rif
. Franco's recognition eventually caught up with him and he was promoted to brigadier general on February 3, 1926. This made him the youngest general in Spain, and perhaps the youngest general of Europe. In 1928 Franco was appointed director of the newly created General
General
Military Academy of Zaragoza, a new college for all army cadets , replacing the former separate institutions for young men seeking to become officers in infantry, cavalry, artillery, and other branches of the army. Franco was removed as Director of the Zaragoza
Zaragoza
Military Academy in 1931; about 95% of his former Zaragoza
Zaragoza
cadets later came to side with him in the Civil War.

DURING THE SECOND SPANISH REPUBLIC

With the fall of the monarchy in 1931, Franco did not take any notable stand. But the closing of the Academy in June by War Minister Manuel Azaña provoked his first clash with the Spanish Republic . Azaña found Franco's farewell speech to the cadets insulting. Franco stressed in his speech the Republic's need for discipline and respect. For six months Franco was without a post and under surveillance.

Franco was a subscriber to the journal of Acción Española , a monarchist organisation, and a firm believer in the Jewish-Masonic-Bolshevik conspiracy or _contubernio_ (filthy cohabitation)—'one of Franco's favourite words'; a conspiracy in which Jews, Freemasons, Communists, and other leftists alike allegedly sought the destruction of Christian Europe, with Spain
Spain
the principal target.

On February 5, 1932, he was given a command in A Coruña . Franco avoided involvement in José Sanjurjo
José Sanjurjo
's attempted coup that year, and even wrote a hostile letter to Sanjurjo expressing his anger over the attempt. As a side result of Azaña's military reform, in January 1933, Franco was relegated from the first to the 24th in the list of brigadiers; the same year, on February 17, he was given the military command of the Balearic Islands
Balearic Islands
: a post above his rank, but Franco was still angered that he was purposely stuck in the positions he didn't want to be. Yet it was quite common for the Conservative Officers to be moved or demoted.

New elections held in October 1933 resulted in a centre-right majority. In opposition to this government, a revolutionary communist/anarchist movement broke out on October 5, 1934. This uprising was rapidly quelled in most of the country, but gained a stronghold in Asturias
Asturias
, with the support of the miners ' unions. Franco, already General
General
of Division and aide to the war minister, Diego Hidalgo , was put in command of the operations directed to suppress the insurgency. Troops of the Spanish Army
Spanish Army
of Africa carried this out, with General
General
Eduardo López Ochoa as commander in the field. After two weeks of heavy fighting (and a death toll estimated between 1,200 and 2,000), the rebellion was suppressed.

The insurgency in Asturias
Asturias
(see Asturian miners\' strike of 1934 ) sharpened the antagonism between Left and Right. Franco and López Ochoa (who, prior to the campaign in Asturias, had been seen as a left-leaning officer) emerged as officers prepared to use 'troops against Spanish civilians as if they were a foreign enemy'. Franco described the rebellion to a journalist in Oviedo
Oviedo
as, 'a frontier war and its fronts are socialism, communism and whatever attacks civilisation in order to replace it with barbarism.' Though the colonial units sent to the north by the government at Franco's recommendation consisted of the Spanish Foreign Legion and the Moroccan Regulares
Regulares
Indigenas , the right wing press portrayed the Asturian rebels as lackeys of a foreign Jewish-Bolshevik conspiracy. At the start of the Civil War, López Ochoa was assassinated. Some time after these events, Franco was briefly commander-in-chief of the Army of Africa (from February 15 onwards), and from May 19, 1935, on, Chief of the General
General
Staff .

General
General
Election Of 1936

After the ruling centre-right coalition collapsed amid the Straperlo corruption scandal, new elections were scheduled. Two wide coalitions formed: the Popular Front on the left, ranging from Republican Union to Communists
Communists
, and the Frente Nacional on the right, ranging from the centre radicals to the conservative Carlists . On February 16, 1936, the left won by a narrow margin. Growing political bitterness surfaced again. The government and its supporters, the Popular Front, had launched a campaign against the Opposition whom they accused of plotting against the Republic. According to the right-wing opposition, the real enemies of the Republic were not on the Right but on the Left; Spain
Spain
was in imminent danger of falling under a "Communist dictatorship", and therefore by fighting the democratically elected Popular Front, they were merely doing their duty in defense of law and order and of the freedom and the fundamental rights of the Spanish people.

On February 23 Franco was sent to the Canary Islands
Canary Islands
to serve as the islands' military commander, an appointment perceived by him as a _destierro_ (banishment). Meanwhile, a conspiracy led by Emilio Mola was taking shape. In June, Franco was contacted and a secret meeting was held within the forest of La Esperanza on Tenerife
Tenerife
to discuss starting a military coup. An obelisk commemorating this historic meeting was erected at the site in a clearing at Las Raíces .

Outwardly Franco maintained an ambiguous attitude almost until July. On June 23, 1936, he wrote to the head of the government, Casares Quiroga , offering to quell the discontent in the Spanish Republican Army , but received no reply. The other rebels were determined to go ahead _con Paquito o sin Paquito_ (with _Paquito_ or without _Paquito_; _Paquito_ being a diminutive of _Paco_, which in turn is short for _Francisco_), as it was put by José Sanjurjo
José Sanjurjo
, the honorary leader of the military uprising. After various postponements, July 18 was fixed as the date of the uprising. The situation reached a point of no return and, as presented to Franco by Mola, the coup was unavoidable and he had to choose a side. He decided to join the rebels and was given the task of commanding the Army of Africa . A privately owned DH 89 De Havilland Dragon Rapide , flown by two British pilots, Cecil Bebb and Hugh Pollard , was chartered in England on July 11 to take Franco to Africa.

The assassination of the right-wing opposition leader José Calvo Sotelo by government police troops, possibly in retaliation for the murder of José Castillo , precipitated the uprising. On July 17, one day earlier than planned, the African Army rebelled, detaining their commanders. On July 18, Franco published a manifesto and left for Africa, where he arrived the next day to take command.

A week later the rebels, who soon called themselves the _Nationalists_, controlled a third of Spain; however most naval units remained under control of the Republican loyalist forces, which left Franco isolated. The coup had failed in the attempt to bring a swift victory, but the Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
had begun.

FROM THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR TO WORLD WAR II

Main articles: Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
and Spain
Spain
in World War II
World War II
Franco in Reus
Reus
, 1940

The Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
began in July 1936 and officially ended with Franco's victory in April 1939, leaving 190,000 to 500,000 dead. Despite the Non-Intervention Agreement of August 1936, the war was marked by foreign intervention on behalf of both sides, leading to international repercussions. The nationalist side was supported by Fascist
Fascist
Italy , which sent the _ Corpo Truppe Volontarie _, and later by Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
, which assisted with the Condor Legion . They were opposed by the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and communist, socialists and anarchists within Spain. The United Kingdom and France strictly adhered to the arms embargo, provoking dissensions within the French Popular Front coalition led by Léon Blum
Léon Blum
, but the Republican side was nonetheless supported by the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and volunteers fighting in the International Brigades
International Brigades
(see for example Ken Loach 's _Land and Freedom _).

Because Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
and Joseph Stalin used the war as a testing ground for modern warfare, some historians, such as Ernst Nolte , have considered the Spanish Civil War, along with World War II, part of a European Civil War lasting from 1936 to 1945 and characterised mainly as a left /right ideological conflict. This interpretation has not found acceptance among most historians, who consider the Spanish Civil War and Second World War to be two distinct conflicts. Among other things, they point to the political heterogeneity on both sides (_See Spanish Civil War: other factions _) and criticise a monolithic interpretation which overlooks the local nuances of Spanish history .

THE FIRST MONTHS

Following July 18, 1936 _pronunciamiento _, Franco assumed the leadership of the 30,000 soldiers of the Spanish Army
Spanish Army
of Africa . The first days of the insurgency were marked with a serious need to secure control over the Spanish Moroccan Protectorate
Protectorate
. On one side, Franco had to win the support of the natives and their (nominal) authorities, and, on the other, had to ensure his control over the army. His method was the summary execution of some 200 senior officers loyal to the Republic (one of them his own cousin). His loyal bodyguard was shot by Manuel Blanco. Franco's first problem was how to move his troops to the Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
, since most units of the Navy had remained in control of the Republic and were blocking the Strait of Gibraltar . He requested help from Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
, who responded with an unconditional offer of arms and planes; in Germany Wilhelm Canaris
Wilhelm Canaris
, the head of the _ Abwehr
Abwehr
_ military intelligence, persuaded Hitler to support the Nationalists. From July 20 onward Franco was able, with a small group of 22 mainly German Junkers Ju 52
Junkers Ju 52
aircraft, to initiate an air bridge to Seville
Seville
, where his troops helped to ensure the rebel control of the city. Through representatives, he started to negotiate with the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy for more military support, and above all for more aircraft. Negotiations were successful with the last two on July 25 and aircraft began to arrive in Tetouan
Tetouan
on August 2. On August 5 Franco was able to break the blockade with the newly arrived air support, successfully deploying a ship convoy with some 2,000 soldiers.

In early August, the situation in western Andalusia
Andalusia
was stable enough to allow him to organise a column (some 15,000 men at its height), under the command of then Lieutenant- Colonel
Colonel
Juan Yagüe , which would march through Extremadura towards Madrid. On August 11 Mérida was taken , and on August 15 Badajoz , thus joining both nationalist-controlled areas. Additionally, Mussolini ordered a voluntary army, the _ Corpo Truppe Volontarie _ (CTV) of some 12,000 Italians of fully motorised units to Seville
Seville
and Hitler added to them a professional squadron from the Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
(2JG/88) with about 24 planes. All these planes had the Nationalist Spanish insignia painted on them, but were flown by Italian and German nationals. The backbone of Franco's aviation in those days were the Italian SM.79 and SM.81 bombers, the biplane Fiat CR.32 fighter and the German Junkers Ju 52 cargo-bomber and the Heinkel He 51
Heinkel He 51
biplane fighter.

On September 21, with the head of the column at the town of Maqueda (some 80 km away from Madrid), Franco ordered a detour to free the besieged garrison at the Alcázar of Toledo , which was achieved on September 27. This controversial decision gave the Popular Front time to strengthen its defenses in Madrid
Madrid
and hold the city that year, but the holding of Alcázar was an important morale and propaganda success for the Nationalists.

RISE TO POWER

The designated leader of the uprising, General
General
José Sanjurjo
José Sanjurjo
, died on July 20, 1936, in a plane crash. Therefore, in the nationalist zone, "Political life ceased." Initially, only military command mattered; this was divided into regional commands ( Emilio Mola
Emilio Mola
in the North, Gonzalo Queipo de Llano
Gonzalo Queipo de Llano
in Seville
Seville
commanding Andalusia
Andalusia
, Franco with an independent command and Miguel Cabanellas in Zaragoza commanding Aragon
Aragon
). The Spanish Army
Spanish Army
of Morocco
Morocco
itself was split into two columns, one commanded by General
General
Juan Yagüe and the other commanded by Colonel
Colonel
José Varela .

From July 24 a coordinating _junta _ was established, based at Burgos . Nominally led by Cabanellas, as the most senior general, it initially included Mola, three other generals, and two colonels; Franco was later added in early August. On September 21 it was decided that Franco was to be commander-in-chief (this unified command was opposed only by Cabanellas), and, after some discussion, with no more than a lukewarm agreement from Queipo de Llano and from Mola, also head of government. He was, doubtlessly, helped to this primacy by the fact that, in late July, Hitler had decided that all of Germany's aid to the nationalists would go to Franco.

Mola had been somewhat discredited as the main planner of the attempted coup that had now degenerated into a civil war, and was strongly identified with the Carlist monarchists and not at all with the Falange , a party with Fascist
Fascist
leanings and connections ("phalanx", a far-right Spanish political party founded by The 3rd Marqués de Estella ), nor did he have good relations with Germany; Queipo de Llano and Cabanellas had both previously rebelled against the dictatorship of General
General
The 2nd Marqués de Estella and were therefore discredited in some nationalist circles; and Falangist leader The 3rd Marqués de Estella was in prison in Alicante
Alicante
(he would be executed a few months later) and the desire to keep a place open for him prevented any other Falangist leader from emerging as a possible head of state. Franco's previous aloofness from politics meant that he had few active enemies in any of the factions that needed to be placated, and also he had cooperated in recent months with both Germany and Italy.

On October 1, 1936, in Burgos
Burgos
, Franco was publicly proclaimed as _ Generalísimo _ of the National army and _Jefe del Estado_ (Head of State ). When Mola was killed in another air accident a year later (which some believe was an assassination) (June 2, 1937), no military leader was left from those who organised the conspiracy against the Republic between 1933 and 1935.

MILITARY COMMAND

Franco and other rebel commanders during the Civil War, c. 1936-1939

Franco personally guided military operations from this time until the end of the war. After the failed assault on Madrid
Madrid
in November 1936, Franco settled on a piecemeal approach to winning the war, rather than bold maneuvering. As with his decision to relieve the garrison at Toledo, this approach has been subject of some debate; some of his decisions, such as in June 1938 when he preferred to head for Valencia instead of Catalonia
Catalonia
, remain particularly controversial from a military viewpoint. However, Valencia, Castellon and Alicante
Alicante
saw the last Republican troops defeated by Franco.

Although both Germany and Italy provided military support to Franco, the degree of influence of both powers on his direction of the war seems to have been very limited. Nevertheless, the Italian troops, despite not being always effective , were present in most of the large operations in large numbers, while the German aircraft helped the Nationalist air force dominate the skies for most of the war. The Portuguese dictator Salazar also openly assisted the Nationalists from the start, contributing with 20,000 troops.

Franco's direction of the German and Italian forces was limited, particularly in the direction of the Condor Legion , but he was by default their supreme commander, and they rarely made decisions on their own. For reasons of prestige it was decided to continue assisting Franco until the end of the war, and Italian and German troops paraded on the day of the final victory in Madrid.

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From 1937 to 1948 the Franco regime was a hybrid as Franco fused the ideologically incompatible national-syndicalist Falange ("Phalanx", a fascist Spanish political party founded by The 3rd Marqués de Estella ) and the Carlist monarchist parties into one party under his rule, dubbed _ Falange Española Tradicionalista y de las Juntas de Ofensiva Nacional-Sindicalista _ (FET y de las JONS), which became the only legal party in 1939. Unlike some other fascist movements, the Falangists had developed an official program in 1934, the "Twenty-Seven Points". In 1937, Franco assumed as the tentative doctrine of his regime 26 out of the original 27 points. Franco made himself _jefe nacional_ (National Chief) of the new FET (_Falange Española Tradicionalista_; Traditionalist Spanish Phalanx) with a secretary, Junta Political and National Council to be named subsequently by himself. Five days later (April 24) the raised-arm salute of the Falange was made the official salute of the Nationalist regime. In 1939 the personalist style heavily predominated, with ritualistic invocations of "Franco, Franco, Franco." The Falangists' hymn, _ Cara al Sol _, became the semi-national anthem of Franco's not-yet-established regime.

This new political formation appeased the pro-German Falangists while tempering them with the anti-German Carlists. Franco's brother-in-law Ramón Serrano Súñer , who was his main political advisor, was able to turn the various parties under Franco against each other to absorb a series of political confrontations against Franco himself. Franco expelled the original leading members of both the Carlists (Manuel Fal Condé ) and the Falangists ( Manuel Hedilla ) to secure his political future. Franco also appeased the Carlists by exploiting the Republicans' anti-clericalism in his propaganda, in particular concerning the "Martyrs of the war ". While the loyalist forces presented the war as a struggle to defend the Republic against Fascism, Franco depicted himself as the defender of "Catholic Spain" against "atheist Communism."

THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR

By early 1939 only Madrid
Madrid
(see History of Madrid
Madrid
) and a few other areas remained under control of the government forces. On February 27 Chamberlain\'s Britain and Daladier\'s France officially recognised the Franco regime. On March 28, 1939, with the help of pro-Franco forces inside the city (the "fifth column " General
General
Mola had mentioned in propaganda broadcasts in 1936), Madrid
Madrid
fell to the Nationalists. The next day, Valencia
Valencia
, which had held out under the guns of the Nationalists for close to two years, also surrendered. Victory was proclaimed on April 1, 1939, when the last of the Republican forces surrendered. On the same day, Franco placed his sword upon the altar of a church and in a vow, promised that he would never again take up his sword unless Spain
Spain
itself was threatened with invasion.

At least 70,000 people were executed during the civil war. Franco's victory was followed by thousands of summary executions (from 15,000 to 25,000 people ) and imprisonments, while many were put to forced labour , building railways, drying out swamps, digging canals (_La Corchuela_, the Canal of the Bajo Guadalquivir
Guadalquivir
), construction of the Valle de los Caídos monument, etc. The 1940 shooting of the president of the Catalan government , Lluís Companys , was one of the most notable cases of this early suppression of opponents and dissenters. According to Gabriel Jackson, the number of victims of the "White Terror" (executions and hunger or illness in prisons) only between 1939 and 1943 was 200,000.

Leftists suffered a high death toll. The Spanish intelligentsia and atheists were also targeted for liquidation, as well as military and government figures who had remained loyal to the Madrid
Madrid
government during the civil war.

In his history of the Spanish Civil War, Antony Beevor "reckons Franco's ensuing 'white terror ' claimed 200,000 lives. The 'red terror ' had already killed 38,000." Julius Ruiz concludes that "although the figures remain disputed, a minimum of 37,843 executions were carried out in the Republican zone with a maximum of 150,000 executions (including 50,000 after the war) in Nationalist Spain
Spain
."

Despite the official end of the war, guerrilla resistance to Franco (known as "the _maquis _") was widespread in many mountainous regions, and continued well into the 1950s. In 1944, a group of republican veterans, which also fought in the French resistance
French resistance
against the Nazis , invaded the Val d\'Aran in northwest Catalonia
Catalonia
, but they were quickly defeated.

The end of the war led to hundreds of thousands of exiles , mostly to France (but also Mexico, Chile
Chile
, Cuba, the USA and so on.). On the other side of the Pyrenees
Pyrenees
, refugees were confined in internment camps of the French Third Republic
French Third Republic
, such as Camp Gurs or Camp Vernet , where 12,000 Republicans were housed in squalid conditions (mostly soldiers from the Durruti Division ). The 17,000 refugees housed in Gurs were divided into four categories (Brigadists , pilots, _Gudaris _ and ordinary 'Spaniards'). The _Gudaris_ (Basques) and the pilots easily found local backers and jobs, and were allowed to quit the camp, but the farmers and ordinary people, who could not find relations in France, were encouraged by the Third Republic, in agreement with the Francoist government, to return to Spain. The great majority did so and were turned over to the Francoist authorities in Irún . From there they were transferred to the Miranda de Ebro camp for "purification" according to the Law of Political Responsibilities .

After the proclamation by Marshal Philippe Pétain of the Vichy France regime, the refugees became political prisoners, and the French police attempted to round up those who had been liberated from the camp. Along with other "undesirables", they were sent to the Drancy internment camp before being deported to Nazi
Nazi
Germany. 5,000 Spaniards thus died in Mauthausen concentration camp . The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda , who had been named by the Chilean President Pedro Aguirre Cerda special consul for immigration in Paris, was given responsibility for what he called "the noblest mission I have ever undertaken": shipping more than 2,000 Spanish refugees, who had been housed by the French in squalid camps, to Chile
Chile
on an old cargo ship, the _Winnipeg _.

WORLD WAR II

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Spain
during World War II
World War II
. Front row in order from left to right: Karl Wolff , Heinrich Himmler , Franco and Spain's Foreign Minister Serrano Súñer in Madrid, October 1940

In September 1939 World War II
World War II
began. On October 23, 1940, Hitler and Franco met in Hendaye in France to discuss the possibility of Spain's entry on the side of the Axis . However, Franco's demands, including supplies of food and fuel, as well as Spanish control of Gibraltar
Gibraltar
and French North Africa , proved too much for Hitler. At the time Hitler did not want to risk damaging his relations with the new Vichy French government. (An oft-cited remark attributed to Hitler is that the German leader said that he would rather have some of his own teeth extracted than to have to personally deal further with Franco.) Franco had received important support from Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
and Benito Mussolini during the Spanish Civil War, and he had signed the Anti-Comintern Pact . He described Spain
Spain
as part of the Axis in official documents, while offering various kinds of support to Italy and Germany. He allowed Spanish soldiers to volunteer to fight in the German Army against the USSR (the Blue Division
Blue Division
), but forbade Spaniards to fight in the West against the democracies. Franco's common ground with Hitler was particularly weakened by Hitler's propagation of Nazi
Nazi
mysticism and his attempts to manipulate Christianity , which went against Franco's fervent commitment to defending Catholicism. Contributing to the disagreement was an ongoing dispute over German mining rights in Spain. Some historians argue that Franco made demands he knew Hitler would not accede to in order to stay out of the war. Other historians argue that Franco, as the leader of a destroyed and bankrupt country in chaos following a brutal three-year civil war, simply had little to offer the Axis and that the Spanish armed forces were not ready for a major war.

Yet, after the Fall of France in June 1940, Spain
Spain
did adopt a pro-Axis stance (for example, German and Italian ships and U-boats were allowed to use Spanish naval facilities) before returning to a more neutral position in the autumn of 1943 when the tide of the war had turned decisively against the Axis Powers, and Italy had switched sides. Franco was initially keen to join the war before the UK was defeated. In the winter of 1940–41 Franco toyed with the idea of a "Latin Bloc" formed by Spain, Portugal, Vichy France, the Vatican and Italy, without much consequence. Franco seriously considered blocking allied access to the Mediterranean Sea by invading British-controlled Gibraltar
Gibraltar
, but he abandoned the idea after learning that the plan would have likely failed due to Gibraltar
Gibraltar
being too heavily defended, and it would have given the British the grounds to declare war on Spain
Spain
and thus give the UK and its allies an excellent opportunity to take both the Canary Islands
Canary Islands
and Spanish Morocco , as well as possibly invade mainland Spain
Spain
itself. Franco was aware that his air force would not be able to protect Spanish cities from attacks by the British Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
, and the British Royal Navy
Royal Navy
would be able to blockade Spain
Spain
to prevent imports of crucial materials such as oil. Spain
Spain
depended on oil imports from the United States, which were almost certain to be cut off if Spain
Spain
formally joined the Axis. Franco and Serrano Suñer held a meeting with Mussolini and Ciano in Bordighera
Bordighera
, Italy on February 12, 1941. Mussolini affected not to be interested in Franco's help due to the defeats his forces had suffered in North Africa and the Balkans, and he even told Franco that he wished he could find any way to leave the war. When the invasion of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
began on June 22, 1941, Franco's foreign minister Ramón Serrano Suñer immediately suggested the formation of a unit of military volunteers to join the invasion . Volunteer Spanish troops (the _División Azul _, or "Blue Division") fought on the Eastern Front under German command from 1941 to 1944. Some historians have argued that not all of the Blue Division
Blue Division
were true volunteers and that Franco expended relatively small but significant resources to aid the Axis powers' battle against the Soviet Union.

Franco was initially disliked by Cuban President Fulgencio Batista
Fulgencio Batista
, who, during World War II, suggested a joint U.S.-Latin American declaration of war on Spain
Spain
in order to overthrow Franco's regime. Hitler may not have really wanted Spain
Spain
to join the war, as he needed neutral harbors to import materials from countries in Latin America and elsewhere. In addition Hitler felt Spain
Spain
would be a burden as it would be dependent on Germany for help. By 1941 Vichy French forces were proving their effectiveness in North Africa, reducing the need for Spanish help, and Hitler was wary about opening up a new front on the western coast of Europe as he struggled to reinforce the Italians in Greece and Yugoslavia. Franco signed a revised Anti-Comintern Pact on November 25, 1941.

After the war, the Spanish government tried to destroy all evidence of its cooperation with the Axis. However, in 2010 documents were discovered showing that on May 13, 1941, Franco ordered his provincial governors to compile a list of Jews while he sided and made an alliance with the Axis powers. Franco supplied Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, architect of the Nazis' Final Solution
Final Solution
, with a list of 6,000 Jews in Spain. Despite the creation of the list, there is no evidence of any Jew seeking refuge from Germany being sent back to Germany. Although Franco made occasional negative references to Jews, he had Jewish friends in Morocco
Morocco
and even publicly stopped an outbreak of discrimination against Jews there. When Franco became dictator, no official attacks on Jews were ever countenanced by his government, nor did he ever hand Jews over to Germany. Spanish Jews in the army served Franco with the same conditions as anyone else. Furthermore, Spanish diplomats extended their diplomatic protection over Jews in Hungary, Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
and the Balkans
Balkans
.

On June 14, 1940, Spanish forces in Morocco
Morocco
occupied Tangier (a city under the rule of the League of Nations
League of Nations
) and did not leave it until the war's end in 1945.

SPAIN UNDER FRANCO

Main article: Francoist Spain
Spain
Franco giving a speech in Eibar in 1949

Franco was recognised as the Spanish head of state by Britain and France in February 1939. Already proclaimed _ Generalísimo _ of the Nationalists and _Jefe del Estado_ ( Head of State ) in October 1936, he thereafter assumed the official title of "_Su Excelencia el Jefe de Estado_" ("His Excellency the Head of State"). However, he was also referred to in state and official documents as "_ Caudillo de España_" ("the Leader of Spain"), and sometimes called "_el Caudillo de la Última Cruzada y de la Hispanidad_" ("the Leader of the Last Crusade and of the Hispanic heritage") and "_el Caudillo de la Guerra de Liberación contra el Comunismo y sus Cómplices_" ("the Leader of the War of Liberation Against Communism and Its Accomplices").

In 1947 Franco proclaimed Spain
Spain
a monarchy, but did not designate a monarch. This gesture was largely done to appease the monarchists in the _ Movimiento Nacional _ (Carlists and Alfonsists ). Franco left the throne vacant until 1969, proclaiming himself as a _de facto_ regent for life. At the same time, Franco appropriated many of the privileges of a king. He wore the uniform of a Captain General
General
(a rank traditionally reserved for the King) and resided in El Pardo Palace . In addition he began walking under a canopy , and his portrait appeared on most Spanish coins and postage stamps. He also added "by the grace of God ", a phrase usually part of the styles of monarchs, to his style.

Franco initially sought support from various groups. His administration marginalised fascist ideologues in favor of technocrats , many of whom were linked with Opus Dei , who promoted economic modernisation.

Although Franco and Spain
Spain
under his rule adopted some trappings of fascism, he, and Spain
Spain
under his rule, are generally not considered to be fascist; among the distinctions, fascism entails a revolutionary aim to transform society, where Franco did not seek to do so, and, to the contrary, although authoritarian, he was by nature conservative and traditional. Stanley Payne notes: "scarcely any of the serious historians and analysts of Franco consider the generalissimo to be a core fascist". The few consistent points in Franco's long rule were above all authoritarianism, nationalism, Catholicism, anti-Freemasonry , and anti-Communism . Franco and US President Eisenhower in Madrid, December 1959

The aftermath of the Civil War was socially bleak: many of those who had supported the Republic fled into exile. Spain
Spain
lost thousands of doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers, judges, professors, businessmen, artists, etc. Many of those who had to stay lost their jobs or lost their rank. Sometimes those jobs were given to unskilled and even untrained personnel. This deprived the country of many of its brightest minds, and also of a very capable workforce. However, this was done to keep Spain's citizens consistent with the ideals sought by the Nationalists and Franco.

With the end of World War II, Spain
Spain
suffered from the economic consequences of its isolation from the international community. Spain was excluded from the Marshall Plan
Marshall Plan
, unlike other neutral countries in Europe.This situation ended in part when, in the light of Cold War tensions and of Spain's strategic location, the United States
United States
entered into a trade and military alliance with Franco. This historic alliance commenced with United States
United States
President Eisenhower 's visit in 1953 which resulted in the Pact of Madrid
Madrid
. Spain
Spain
was then admitted to the UN in 1955.

In 1952 a syndicate from Dallas
Dallas
, Texas, including Jack Crichton , Everette Lee DeGolyer , and Clint Murchison sought drilling rights to petroleum in Spain. The operation was handled by Delta Drilling Company.

POLITICAL OPPRESSION

* Personal Standard Franco as Head of State . * Coat of arms of Franco as Head of State . * The _Victor_, another emblem used by Franco.

The first decade of Franco's rule following the end of the Civil War in 1939 saw continued oppression and the killing of an undetermined number of political opponents. Estimation is difficult and controversial, but the number of people killed probably lies somewhere between 15,000 and 50,000 .

By the start of the 1950s Franco's state had become less violent, but during his entire rule, non-government trade unions and all political opponents across the political spectrum , from communist and anarchist organisations to liberal democrats and Catalan or Basque separatists, were either suppressed or tightly controlled by all means, up to and including violent police repression. The _Confederación Nacional del Trabajo _ (CNT) and the _Unión General
General
de Trabajadores _ (UGT) trade unions were outlawed, and replaced in 1940 by the corporatist _ Sindicato Vertical _. The Spanish Socialist Workers\' Party and the _ Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya _ (ERC) were banned in 1939, while the Communist
Communist
Party of Spain
Spain
(PCE) went underground. The Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) went into exile, and in 1959 the ETA armed group was created to wage a low-intensity war against Franco.

Franco's Spanish nationalism
Spanish nationalism
promoted a unitary national identity by repressing Spain's cultural diversity. Bullfighting and flamenco were promoted as national traditions while those traditions not considered "Spanish" were suppressed. Franco's view of Spanish tradition was somewhat artificial and arbitrary: while some regional traditions were suppressed, Flamenco
Flamenco
, an Andalusian tradition, was considered part of a larger, national identity. All cultural activities were subject to censorship, and many, such as the Sardana , the national dance of Catalunya , were plainly forbidden (often in an erratic manner). This cultural policy was relaxed over time, most notably during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Franco also used language politics in an attempt to establish national homogeneity. He promoted the use of Castilian Spanish
Castilian Spanish
and suppressed other languages such as Catalan , Galician , and Basque . The legal usage of languages other than Castilian was forbidden. All government, notarial, legal and commercial documents were to be drawn up exclusively in Castilian and any documents written in other languages were deemed null and void. The usage of any other language was forbidden in schools, in advertising, and on road and shop signs. For unofficial use, citizens continued to speak these languages. This was the situation throughout the 1940s and to a lesser extent during the 1950s, but after 1960 the non- Castilian Spanish
Castilian Spanish
languages were freely spoken and written, and they reached bookshops and stages, although they never received official status.

On the other hand, the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
was upheld as the established church of the Spanish State, and it regained many of the traditional privileges it had lost under the Republic. Civil servants had to be Catholic, and some official jobs even required a "good behavior" statement by a priest. Civil marriages which had taken place in Republican Spain
Spain
were declared null and void unless they had been confirmed by the Catholic Church. Divorce
Divorce
was forbidden, along with contraceptives and abortion .

Most country towns and rural areas were patrolled by pairs of _Guardia Civil _, a military police for civilians, which functioned as Franco's chief means of social control. Larger cities and capitals were mostly under the Policia Armada , or the _grises _ ("greys", due to the colour of their uniforms) as they were called.

Student revolts at universities in the late 1960s and early 1970s were violently repressed by the heavily armed _Policía Armada_ (Armed Police). Plainclothes secret police worked inside Spanish universities.

The enforcement by public authorities of traditional Catholic values was a stated intent of the regime, mainly by using a law (the _Ley de Vagos y Maleantes_, Vagrancy Act) enacted by Azaña . The remaining nomads of Spain
Spain
(Gitanos and Mercheros like El Lute ) were especially affected. Through this law, homosexuality , pedophilia and prostitution were made criminal offenses in 1954, although its application was seldom consistent.

WOMEN IN FRANCOIST SPAIN

Franco and his wife, Carmen Polo in 1968.

Francoism professed a devotion to the traditional role of a woman in society, that is being a loving child to her parents and brothers, being faithful to her husband, and residing with her family. Official propaganda confined the role of women to family care and motherhood. Immediately after the war most progressive laws passed by the Republic aimed at equality between the sexes were nullified. Women could not become judges, or testify in a trial. They could not become university professors. Their affairs and economic lives had to be managed by their fathers and husbands. Even in the 1970s a woman fleeing from an abusive husband could be arrested and imprisoned for "abandoning the home" (_abandono del hogar_). Until the 1970s a woman could not have a bank account without a co-sign by her father or husband. In the 1960s and 1970s these restrictions were somewhat relaxed, but it was not until after Franco's death that a more egalitarian view of the sexes was adopted.

SPANISH COLONIAL EMPIRE AND DECOLONISATION

Further information: Spanish Empire
Spanish Empire

Spain
Spain
attempted to retain control of its colonial empire throughout Franco's rule. During the Algerian War
Algerian War
(1954–62), Madrid
Madrid
became the base of the _ Organisation armée secrète _ (OAS) right-wing French Army group which sought to preserve French Algeria . Despite this, Franco was forced to make some concessions. When French Morocco became independent in 1956, he surrendered Spanish Morocco to Mohammed V , retaining only a few enclaves (the _ Plazas de soberanía _). The year after, Mohammed V invaded Spanish Sahara during the Ifni War (known as the "Forgotten War" in Spain). Only in 1975, with the Green March , did Morocco
Morocco
take control of all of the former Spanish territories in the Sahara.

In 1968, under United Nations pressure, Franco granted Spain's colony of Equatorial Guinea its independence, and the next year it ceded the exclave of Ifni to Morocco
Morocco
. Under Franco, Spain
Spain
also pursued a campaign to force a negotiation on the British overseas territory of Gibraltar
Gibraltar
, and closed its border with that territory in 1969. The border would not be fully reopened until 1985.

ECONOMIC POLICY

See also: Economic history of Spain: Economy under Franco _ 1963 Spanish peseta coin with an image of Franco and lettering reading: Francisco Franco, Leader of Spain, by the grace of God_

The Civil War ravaged the Spanish economy. Infrastructure had been damaged, workers killed, and daily business severely hampered. For more than a decade after Franco's victory, the devastated economy recovered very slowly. Franco initially pursued a policy of autarky , cutting off almost all international trade. The policy had devastating effects, and the economy stagnated. Only black marketeers could enjoy an evident affluence.

On the brink of bankruptcy, a combination of pressure from the United States , the IMF and, most importantly, the technocrats from Opus Dei , managed to convince the regime to adopt a free market economy. Many of the old guard in charge of the economy were replaced by "technocrata", despite some initial opposition from Franco. From the mid-1950s there was modest acceleration in economic activity after some minor reforms and a relaxation of controls. But the growth proved too much for the economy, with shortages and inflation breaking out towards the end of the 1950s.

When Franco replaced his ideological ministers with the apolitical technocrats, the regime implemented several development policies that included deep economic reforms. After a recession, growth took off from 1959, creating an economic boom that lasted until 1974, and became known as the " Spanish Miracle ".

Concurrent with the absence of social reforms, and the economic power shift, a tide of mass emigration commenced to other European countries, and to a lesser extent, to South America. Emigration helped the regime in two ways. The country got rid of populations it would not have been able to keep in employment, and the emigrants supplied the country with much needed monetary remittances.

During the 1960s, the wealthy classes of Francoist Spain
Spain
experienced further increases in wealth, particularly those who remained politically faithful, while a burgeoning middle class became visible as the "economic miracle" progressed. International firms established factories in Spain
Spain
where salaries were low, company taxes very low, strikes forbidden and workers' health or state protections almost unheard of. State-owned firms like the car manufacturer SEAT
SEAT
, truck builder Pegaso
Pegaso
and oil refiner INH, massively expanded production. Furthermore, Spain
Spain
was virtually a new mass market. Spain
Spain
became the second-fastest growing economy in the world between 1959 and 1973, just behind Japan. By the time of Franco's death in 1975, Spain
Spain
still lagged behind most of Western Europe but the gap between its per capita GDP and that of the leading Western European countries had narrowed greatly, and the country had developed a large industrialised economy.

REGIONS

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Franco was reluctant to enact any form of administrative and legislative decentralisation and kept a fully centralised government with a similar administrative structure to that established by the House of Bourbon
House of Bourbon
and General
General
Miguel Primo de Rivera y Orbaneja . Such structures were both based on the model of the French centralised State. The main drawback of this kind of management is that government attention and initiatives were irregular, and often depended more on the goodwill of regional Government representatives than on regional needs. Thus, inequalities in schooling, health care or transport facilities among regions were patent: classically affluent regions like Madrid, Catalonia, or the Basque Country fared much better than Extremadura, Galicia or Andalusia. Some regions, like Extremadura or La Mancha did not have a university.

The Basque Country and Catalonia
Catalonia
were among the regions that offered the strongest resistance to Franco in the Civil War. Franco dissolved the autonomy granted by the Second Spanish Republic
Second Spanish Republic
to these two regions and to Galicia . Franco abolished the centuries-old fiscal privileges and autonomy (the _fueros _) in two of the three Basque provinces: Guipuzcoa and Biscay
Biscay
, but kept them for Álava which had sided with the nationalists in the civil war.

Among Franco's greatest area of support during the civil war was Navarre
Navarre
, the northern half of which was Basque-speaking. Navarre remained a separate region from the Basque Country and Franco also decided to preserve its centuries-old fiscal privileges and autonomy, the so-called Fueros
Fueros
of Navarre
Navarre
. The regional privileges for Álava and Navarre
Navarre
were kept because Álava and Navarre
Navarre
had participated in the initial _coup d'état_ against the Republican government on July 18, 1936.

Franco abolished the official statute and recognition of the Basque , Galician , and Catalan languages that the Second Spanish Republic
Second Spanish Republic
had granted for the first time in the history of Spain. He returned to Castilian as the only official language of the State and education. The Franco era corresponded with the popularisation of the compulsory national educational system and the development of modern mass media, both controlled by the State and in the Castilian language, and heavily reduced the number of speakers of Basque, Catalan and Galician, as happened during the second half of the 20th century with other European minority languages which were not officially protected, such as Scottish Gaelic
Scottish Gaelic
or French Breton . By the 1970s the majority of the population in urban areas could not speak the minority language or, as in some Catalan towns, their social use had been abandoned, leaving them limited to family use. Because of the already fragile situation of the Basque language before the Civil War, it became the most endangered language in Spain. By the 1970s Basque lacked a sufficient number of new speakers to assure its future, and moved closer to extinction. It is now recognised that the Basque language would have disappeared in a few more decades if the same linguistic policies had been preserved. This was the main reason that drove the Francoist provincial government of Álava to create a network of Basque medium schools ( Ikastola ) in 1973 which were State-financed.

FRANCO AND THE UNITED STATES

Further information: Spain– United States
United States
relations

At the end of World War II, Spain's fascist dealings made it an international pariah and the country was kept out of the United Nations, the Marshall Plan
Marshall Plan
and NATO. In the 1950s, however, Spain's strategic location and Franco's anti-communist hostility towards the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
led the U.S. to reconsider its position towards Spain
Spain
and it entered into a trade and military alliance as part of its policy of containment .

This historic alliance began with the signing of the Pact of Madrid in 1953, which guaranteed American support for Franco's regime. Spain was admitted to the United Nations in 1955 and President Eisenhower later visited Spain
Spain
in 1959 and met with Franco.

President Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
was in favor of Franco, and, after Franco's death, he stated: " General
General
Franco was a loyal friend and ally of the United States." American military facilities in Spain
Spain
built during this era included Naval Station Rota , Morón Air Base , and Torrejón Air Base .

DEATH AND FUNERAL

Carlos Arias Navarro and Franco in 1975, a week before coma

In 1969 Franco designated Prince Juan Carlos de Borbón , who had been educated by him in Spain, with the new title of Prince of Spain, as his heir-apparent. This designation came as a surprise to the Carlist pretender to the throne, as well as to Juan Carlos' father, Don Juan, the Count of Barcelona
Barcelona
, who had a superior claim to the throne, but was feared by Franco to be too liberal. By 1973 Franco had surrendered the function of prime minister (_Presidente del Gobierno_), remaining only as head of state and commander in chief of the military.

As his final years progressed, tensions within the various factions of the _Movimiento_ would consume Spanish political life, as varying groups jockeyed for positions in order to gain control of the country's future. The death of prime minister Luis Carrero Blanco on December 20, 1973 in a bombing by ETA eventually gave an edge to the liberalizing faction. On July 19, 1974, the aged Franco fell ill from various health problems, and Juan Carlos took over as Acting Head of State. Franco soon recovered, and on September 2 he resumed his duties as Head of State. One year later he fell ill once again from more health problems including a long battle with Parkinson\'s disease . On October 30, 1975, he fell into a coma and was put on life support . Franco's family agreed to disconnect the life-support machines. Officially, he died on November 20, 1975 from heart failure, at the age of 82 — the same date as the death of The 3rd Marqués de Estella , the founder of the Falange . However the historian Ricardo de la Cierva claimed that he had been told, around 6 pm on November 19, that Franco had already died. After Franco's death, he was buried at Valle de los Caídos , a colossal memorial built by the forced labour of political prisoners in order to honour the casualties of the Spanish Civil War. Franco's funeral was attended by Prince Rainier III of Monaco , Chilean leader General
General
Augusto Pinochet
Augusto Pinochet
, who revered Franco and modelled his leadership style on the Spanish leader, Bolivia
Bolivia
's dictator General
General
Hugo Banzer , Jordan
Jordan
's King Hussein and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Nelson Rockefeller
.

LEGACY

Further information: Spanish transition to democracy Franco is entombed in the monument of Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos

In Spain
Spain
and abroad, the legacy of Franco remains controversial. The Oxford Dictionary uses Franco's regime as an example of fascism. Franco served as a role model for several anti-communist dictators in South America. Augusto Pinochet
Augusto Pinochet
is known to have admired Franco. Similarly, as late as in 2006 Franco supporters in Spain
Spain
have made homages to Pinochet.

The length of his rule, the suppression of opposition, and the effective propaganda sustained through the years have made a detached evaluation almost impossible. Franco had won the hearts of many and was then able to win the Civil War; Churchill said that if he was a Spaniard living in Spain
Spain
he would have supported Franco. For 40 years, Spaniards, and particularly children at school were told that Divine Providence had sent him to save Spain
Spain
from chaos and poverty.

In 2006 the BBC
BBC
reported that Maciej Giertych , an MEP of the clerical-nationalist League of Polish Families , had expressed admiration for Franco, stating that he "guaranteed the maintenance of traditional values in Europe". Many Spaniards, particularly those who suffered under Franco's rule, have sought to remove official recognition of his regime. Most government buildings and streets that were named after him during his long rule reverted to their original names. Owing to Franco's human rights record, the Spanish government in 2007 banned all official public references to the Franco regime and removed any statues, street names and memorials associated with the regime, with reportedly the last statue in Santander being removed in 2008. Churches that retain plaques commemorating Franco and the victims of his Republican opponents may lose state aid. Since 1978 the national anthem of Spain, the _ Marcha Real _, has not been accompanied by the lyrics introduced by Franco. Recent attempts to give the national anthem new lyrics have failed due to lack of consensus. A statue of Franco in Santander which was removed in 2008

In March 2006, the Permanent Commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe unanimously adopted a resolution "firmly" condemning the "multiple and serious violations" of human rights committed in Spain
Spain
under the Francoist regime from 1939 to 1975. The resolution was at the initiative of Leo Brincat and of the historian Luis María de Puig , and was the first international official condemnation of the repression enacted by Franco's regime. The resolution also urged public access to be given to historians (professional and amateurs) to the various archives of the Francoist regime, including those of the private _Fundación Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco
_ which, as well as other Francoist archives, remain as of 2006 inaccessible to the public. The _Fundación Francisco Franco_ received various archives from the El Pardo Palace , and is alleged to have sold some of them to private individuals. Furthermore, it urged the Spanish authorities to set up an underground exhibition in the Valle de los Caidos monument to explain the "terrible" conditions in which it was built. Finally, it proposed the construction of monuments to commemorate Franco's victims in Madrid
Madrid
and other important cities.

In Spain, a commission to repair the dignity and restore the memory of the victims of Francoism (_Comisión para reparar la dignidad y restituir la memoria de las víctimas del franquismo_) was approved in the summer of 2004, and is directed by the socialist deputy Prime Minister María Teresa Fernández de la Vega . Sign in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tenerife
for a street bearing Franco's name

Recently the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARHM) initiated a systematic search for mass graves of people executed during Franco's regime, which has been supported since the Spanish Socialist Workers\' Party 's (PSOE) victory during the 2004 elections by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 's government. A _Ley de la memoria histórica de España_ (Law on the Historical Memory of Spain
Spain
) was approved on July 28, 2006, by the Council of Ministers , but it took until October 31, 2007, for the Congress of Deputies to approve an amended version as "The Bill to recognise and extend rights and to establish measures in favour of those who suffered persecution or violence during the Civil War and the Dictatorship" (in common parlance still known as Law of Historical Memory). The Senate approved the bill on December 10, 2007. Among other things, the law is supposed to enforce an official recognition of the crimes committed against civilians during the Francoist rule and organise under state supervision the search for mass graves.

Official endeavors to preserve the historical memory of the Franco regime include exhibitions like the one the Museu d'Història de Catalunya (Catalan Museum of History) organised around the prison experience.

The accumulated wealth of Franco's family (including much real estate inherited from Franco, such as the _ Pazo de Meirás _, the _Canto del Pico _ in Torrelodones and the Cornide Palace in A Coruña ), and its murky provenance, have also become matters of public discussion. Estimates of the family's wealth have ranged from 350 million to 600 million euros, well above what could possibly be accumulated from investing his official income. When Franco was ill, the francoist Cortes voted a large public pension for his wife Carmen Polo , which the later democratic governments kept paying. At the time of her death in 1988, Carmen Polo was receiving more than 12.5 million pesetas (four million more than Felipe González , then head of the government).

ANCESTORS

ANCESTORS OF FRANCISCO FRANCO

16. Juan Franco de Viñas de Lamadrid y Freyre de Andrade

8. Nicolás Franco y Sánchez

17. Josefa Sánchez Freyre de Andrade Canales de León y Piñeiro

4. Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco
y Vietti

18. Antonio de Vietti y Roberta, Conde de Calabiana

9. Josefa Vietti Berbabé Roberta y del Busto

19. Francisca Bernabé y del Busto

2. Nicolás Franco y Salgado-Araújo

20. Antonio Salgado Araujo y Belorado

10. Isidoro Salgado-Araújo y Belorado

21. Luisa Zarate

5. Hermenegilda Salgado-Araújo y Pérez

22. Luis Perez

11. Manuela Pérez y Alins

23. Amalia Alins

1. Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco
y Bahamonde Salgado Pardo de Andrade

24. Antonio Bahamonde

12. Ramón Bahamonde de Castro

25. Augusta de Castro

6. Ladislás Bahamonde y Ortega

26. Felipe Ortega

13. Josefa Ortega y Medina

27. Anna Medina

3. María del Pilar Bahamonde y Pardo de Andrade

28. Ramón Pardo de Andrade y Bermúdez de Castro

14. Francisco Javier Pardo de Andrade y Coquelin

29. Margarita Coquelin y Robin

7. María del Carmen Pardo de Andrade y Pardo de Andrade

30. Antonio Pardo de Andrade y del Río

15. Luisa Pardo de Andrade y Soto

31. Antonia Soto y Taboada

IN POPULAR MEDIA

CINEMA AND TELEVISION

* _Raza _ or _Espíritu de una Raza _ (_Spirit of a Race_) (1941), based on a script by "Jaime de Andrade" (Franco himself), is the semi-autobiographical story of a military officer played by Alfredo Mayo . * _ Franco, ese hombre _ (_That man, Franco_) (1964) is a pro-Franco documentary film directed by José Luis Sáenz de Heredia * Franco was a running gag during the first two seasons of _Saturday Night Live _ (1975–1977), where _ Weekend Update _ anchor Chevy Chase would frequently report that " Generalissimo Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco
is still dead ". * Franco was referenced in the British TV series _ Fawlty Towers _ (1975–1979). In one episode, Basil Fawlty ( John Cleese ) explains to the Barcelona
Barcelona
-born waiter Manuel ( Andrew Sachs ) that a local "hamster" is in fact a rat. Under his breath, Cleese mutters: "You do have rats in Spain, or did Franco have 'em all shot?" In another episode, a hotel guest asks where the _Generalissimo_ is (referring to Basil), to which Manuel incredulously replies, "In Madrid!" * The movie _ Dragon Rapide _ (1986) deals with the events previous to the Spanish Civil War, with the actor Juan Diego playing Franco * Argentine actor José "Pepe" Soriano played both Franco and his double in _ Espérame en el cielo _ (_Wait for Me in Heaven_) (1988). * The Goya Winner Juan Echanove played the dictator in the surrealistic movie _MadreGilda _ (_MotherGilda_) (1993). * Franco is referenced in the 1998 romantic-comedy _You\'ve Got Mail _, starring Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
and Meg Ryan , as being a love interest of the shop assistant Birdie ( Jean Stapleton ). * The comic actor Xavier Deltell played Franco in the movie _Operacion Gonada _ (_Operation Gonad_) (2000) * The Swedish film _Together _ depicts a celebration triggered by the radio announcement of Franco's death. * Ramon Fontserè played him in _¡Buen Viaje, Excelencia! _ (_Bon Voyage, Your Excellency!_) (2003). * Manuel Alexandre played Franco in the TV movie _20-N: Los ultimos dias de Franco _ (_20-N: The Last Days of Franco_) (2008) * _Pan\'s Labyrinth _ (2006) takes place in Spain
Spain
in May–June 1944, five years after the Spanish Civil War, during the early Francoist period. * Juan Viadas played Franco in Álex de la Iglesia 's movie _Balada triste de trompeta _ (_The Last Circus_) (2010) * Franco is often referenced in the Spanish TV series _Cuéntame cómo pasó _. * _Behold a Pale Horse _ is a film set approximately 20 years after the end of the Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
starring Anthony Quinn which portrays a segment of the continuing hatred and bloodshed between members of the Franco regime and veterans of the Republican cause.

MUSIC

* French singer-songwriter and anarchist Léo Ferré wrote "Franco la muerte", a song he recorded for his 1964 album _Ferré 64 _. In this highly confrontational song, he directly shouts at the dictator and lavishes him with contempt. Ferré refused to sing in Spain
Spain
until Franco was dead. * Franco is referenced in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical _Evita _, in the song "Rainbow Tour".

LITERATURE

* Franco is a character in CJ Sansom's book _Winter in Madrid_ * _...Y al tercer año resucitó _ (_...And On the Third Year He Rose Again_) (1980) describes what would happen if Franco rose from the dead. * Franco is featured in the novel _Triage _ (1998) by Scott Anderson . * Franco makes a brief appearance in Swedish author Jonas Jonasson 's 2009 novel, _The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared _. * Franco is the centrepiece of the satirical work _El general Franquisimo o La muerte civil de un militar moribundo_ by Andalusian political cartoonist and journalist Andrés Vázquez de Sola . * Franco features several novels by Caroline Angus Baker , including _Vengeance in the Valencian Water,_ visiting the aftermath of the 1957 Valencia
Valencia
floods, and _Death in the Valencian Dust,_ about the final executions handed down before his death in 1975. * The 2010 book, "Agentes Secretos y el Mural De Picasso," has Franco mentioned as the man who hired the Main antagonists, Mario y Javier(fictional).

SEE ALSO

* Biography portal * Cold War
Cold War
portal * Fascism portal * Spain
Spain
portal * Politics portal

* Luis Carrero Blanco * Generalissimo Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco
is still dead * History of Spain
Spain
* Language politics in Francoist Spain
Spain
* Spanish Legion * Movimiento Nacional * Emilio Mola
Emilio Mola
* Francoist Spain
Spain
* Ramón Serrano Súñer * Symbols of Francoism * Dictator#List of dictators in modern times

NOTES

* ^ His baptismal name was FRANCISCO PAULINO HERMENEGILDO TEóDULO FRANCO BAHAMONDE SALGADO-ARAUJO Y PARDO DE LAMA. * ^ After the Spanish Government allowed Sephardi and other Jews to seek refuge via Spain
Spain
from National Socialist areas, an urban legend appeared as a form of derision claiming that the Francos were of Sephardi ancestry. However Payne explains; "Persistent rumors about Franco's alleged Jewish ancestry have no clear foundation, and Harry S. May, _Francisco Franco: The Jewish Connection_ is somewhat fanciful". Furthermore, "a significant portion of the Spanish and Portuguese populations have some remote Jewish ancestry; if this were true of Franco he would simply be in the position of millions of other Spaniards."

REFERENCES

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Spain
torn on tribute to victims of Franco". _The Guardian_. UK. Retrieved March 2, 2010. * ^ Recent searches conducted with parallel excavations of mass graves in Spain
Spain
(in particular by the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory , ARMH) estimate that the total of people executed after the war may arrive at a number between 15,000 to 35,000. See for example Fosas Comunes – Los desaparecidos de Franco. La Guerra Civil no ha terminado, _El Mundo _, July 7, 2002 (in Spanish) * ^ Jackson, Gabriel. _The Spanish Republic and the Civil War, 1931–1939._ Princeton University Press. 1967. Princenton. p.539 * ^ "Men of La Mancha". Rev. of Antony Beevor, _The Battle for Spain_. _The Economist_ (June 22, 2006). * ^ Ruiz, J. (2007). "Defending the Republic: The Garcia Atadell Brigade in Madrid, 1936". _Journal of Contemporary History_. 42: 97. doi :10.1177/0022009407071625 . * ^ Caistor, Nick (February 28, 2003). " Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
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News. Retrieved March 2, 2010. * ^ "\'Camp Vernet\' Website" (in French). Cheminsdememoire.gouv.fr. Archived from the original on April 16, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2010. * ^ Film documentary on the website of the _Cité nationale de l\'histoire de l\'immigration _ (in French) * ^ "Pablo Neruda: The Poet\'s Calling". Redpoppy.net. Retrieved March 2, 2010. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ The Goebbels Diaries, ed. Louis P. Lochner (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1948), October 25, 1940, 153. * ^ Reagan, Geoffrey (1992) _Military Anecdotes_. Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-519-0 . p. 51 * ^ Meyers, William P. "Pius XI and the Rise of General
General
Franco". III Publishing. * ^ Preston, Paul "Franco and Hitler: The Myth of Hendaye 1940" pages 1-16 from Contemporary European History, Volume 1, Issue # 1, March 1992 page 5. * ^ John Lukacs. The Last European War: September 1939-December 1941. Yale University Press, 2001. P. 364. * ^ Sager, Murray (July 2009). "Franco, Hitler & the play for Gibraltar: how the Spanish held firm on the Rock". Esprit de Corps. Archived from the original on 2012-07-08. * ^ Pike, David Wingeate (2008). _Franco and the Axis Stigma_. Palgrave Macmillan . p. 48. ISBN 978-1-349-30089-1 . doi :10.1057/9780230205444 . * ^ 250. Infanterie-Division * ^ "Batista\'s Boost". _Time_. January 18, 1943. Retrieved March 2, 2010. * ^ _A_ _B_ "WWII document reveals: General
General
Franco handed Nazis list of Spanish Jews". _Haaretz.com_. June 22, 2010. * ^ Aderet, Ofer. " World War II
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General
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during the 1950s". _Diplomatic History_. 30 (3): 409. doi :10.1111/j.1467-7709.2006.00561.x . * ^ Rubottom, R. Richard and Murphy, J. Carter (1984) _ Spain
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and the United States: Since World War II_. Praeger. * ^ _Official journal of the European Communities_. 19. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. 1976. p. 18. * ^ "Franco in Spain
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were also Fascist". * ^ Cedéo Alvarado, Ernesto (February 4, 2008). "Rey Juan Carlos abochornó a Pinochet". _Panamá América_. Retrieved April 4, 2016. * ^ "Viudos de Franco" homenajearon a Pinochet en España Archived February 5, 2015, at the Wayback Machine . * ^ Churchill, Winston. "The gathering storm", Houghton Mifflin, 1948, p. 221 * ^ Europe diary: Franco and Finland, BBC
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News , July 6, 2006 * ^ _Santander retira la estatua de Franco_, El País , December 18, 2008 * ^ Hamilos, Paul (October 19, 2007). "Rallies banned at Franco\'s mausoleum". _The Guardian_. UK. Retrieved January 3, 2010. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ _Primera condena al régimen de Franco en un recinto internacional_, EFE , _El Mundo _, March 17, 2006 (in Spanish) * ^ Von Martyna Czarnowska, Almunia, Joaquin: EU-Kommission (4): _Ein halbes Jahr Vorsprung_, _Weiner Zeitung_, February 17, 2005 (article in German language). Retrieved August 26, 2006. Archived February 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine . * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ Luis Gomez and Mabel Galaz, _La cosecha del dictador_, _ El País _, September 9, 2007 (in Spanish) * ^ Spain
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OKs Reparations to Civil War Victims, Associated Press, July 28, 2006 * ^ Politics As Usual? The Trials and Tribulations of The Law of Historical Memory in Spain, Georgina Blakeley (The Open University), September 7, 2008 * ^ _Proyecto de Ley por la que se reconocen y amplían derechos y se establecen medidas en favor de quienes padecieron persecución o violencia durante la Guerra Civil y la Dictadura_ (in Spanish) Archived April 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine . * ^ Franco\'s Prisons. The Museum maintains a permanent online version of the exhibition entitled Les Presons de Franco * ^ El general franquisimo de Vazquez de Sola

BIBLIOGRAPHY

* Payne, Stanley G. (1987). _The Franco Regime_. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN 0299110702 . * Payne, Stanley G (2000). _The Phoenix: Franco Regime 1936–1975_. Phoenix Press. ISBN 1-84212-046-8 . * Payne, Stanley G.; Palacios, Jesús (2014). _Franco: A Personal and Political Biography_. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press . ISBN 978-0-299-30210-8 . * Preston, Paul (1995). _Franco_. ISBN 0-00-686210-1 . * Thomas, Hugh (1977). _The Spanish Civil War_. ISBN 0060142782 . .

FURTHER READING

* Blinkhorn, Martin (1988). _Democracy and civil war in Spain 1931–1939_. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-00699-6 . * Carroll, Warren H (2004). _The Last Crusade: Spain
Spain
1936_. Christendom Press. ISBN 0-931888-67-0 . * Cerdá, Néstor. “Political Ascent and Military Commander: General
General
Franco in the Early Months of the Spanish Civil War, July–October 1936,” _American Revolutionary war with the PVMJournal of Military History_ 75#4 (October 2011): 1125–57. * Lines, Lisa. " Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco
as Warrior: Is It Time for a Reassessment of His Military Leadership?." _Journal of Military History_ 81.2 (2017). * Tusell, Javier (1995). _Franco, España y la II Guerra Mundial: Entre el Eje y la Neutralidad_ (in Spanish). Ediciones Temas de Hoy. ISBN 9788478805013 .

PRIMARY SOURCES

* Hayes , Carlton J.H. (1945). _Wartime mission in Spain, 1942–1945_. Macmillan Company 1st Edition. ISBN 9781121497245 . * Hayes , Carlton J.H. (1951). _The United States
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and Spain. An Interpretation_. Sheed 1ST edition. ASIN B0014JCVS0 . * Hoare , Sir Samuel (1946). _Ambassador on Special
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Spain
_ HEAD OF THE SPANISH STATE October 1, 1936 – November 20, 1975 Succeeded by Alejandro Rodríguez de Valcárcel _as President of the Regency _

Preceded by Juan Negrín PRIME MINISTER OF SPAIN January 30, 1938 – June 8, 1973 Succeeded by Luis Carrero Blanco

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Prime Ministers of Spain
Spain

Acting prime ministers shown in _italics_.

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Democratic Sexennium (1868–1874)

* _Madoz _ * Serrano * Prim * _Topete _ * Serrano * Ruiz Zorrilla * Malcampo * Sagasta * _Topete _ * Serrano * _Mendigorría _ * Ruiz Zorrilla * Figueras * Pi * Salmerón * Castelar * Serrano * Sierra Bullones * Sagasta

The Restoration (1874–1931)

* Cánovas * Jovellar * Martínez Campos * Sagasta * Posada * _Azcárraga _ * Silvela * Fernández-Villaverde * Maura * Montero * Moret * López Domínguez * Vega de Armijo * Canalejas * García Prieto * Romanones * Dato * Maura * Sánchez de Toca * _Bugallal _ * Sánchez-Guerra * Primo de Rivera * Berenguer * Aznar-Cabañas

Second Republic (1931–1939)

* Alcalá-Zamora * Azaña * Lerroux * Martínez Barrio * Samper * Chapaprieta * Portela * Barcía * Casares * Martínez Barrio * Giral * Largo * Negrín

Spain
Spain
under Franco (1936–1975)

* Franco * Carrero * _Fernández-Miranda _ * Arias

SINCE 1975

* Arias * _Santiago _ * Suárez * Calvo-Sotelo * F. González * Aznar * Zapatero * Rajoy

* v * t * e

Franco-Spanish conquest of Morocco
Morocco
(1893–1932)

* French protectorate in Morocco
Morocco
* Spanish protectorate in Morocco
Morocco

MAJOR CONFLICTS

* Rif
Rif
War (1920–26) * Zaian War (1914–21)

BATTLES

* Tetuan War (1859–60) * Melilla
Melilla
War (1893–94) * Battle of Casablanca (1908) * Melilla
Melilla
War (1909–10) * Battle of Sidi Bou Othman (1912) * Battle of El Herri (1914) * Battle of Annual (1921)

KEY PEOPLE

MOROCCANS

* Mohammed Ameziane * Mulai Ahmed er Raisuni * Mouha ou Hammou Zayani * Moha ou Said * Mhand n\'Ifrutant * Ali Amhaouch * Sidi Ahmed El Hiba * Ma al-\'Aynayn * Abd el-Krim * Assou Oubasslam * Aït Atta * Zayanes * Beni Ouryaghel

FRENCH

* General
General
Mangin * General
General
Lyautey * General
General
Henrys * General
General
Poeymirau * Maréchal Pétain * Henry de Bournazel

FRENCH ALLIES

* Thami El Glaoui * Sultan Moulay Youssef

SPANIARDS

* Juan García y Margallo * Martínez-Campos * Manuel Fernández Silvestre * Dámaso Berenguer * José Millán Astray * Miguel Primo de Rivera * José Sanjurjo
José Sanjurjo
* Generalísimo Francisco Franco

SPANISH ALLIES

* Mohamed Meziane

TREATIES

* Treaty of Fez (1894) * Algeciras Conference
Algeciras Conference
(1906) * Pact of Cartagena (1907) * Treaty of Fes (1912) * Franco-Spanish Treaty (1912)

CRISES

* First Moroccan Crisis
First Moroccan Crisis
(1905) * Agadir Crisis (1911)

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Fascism

THEORY

CORE TENETS

* Nationalism
Nationalism
* Imperialism
Imperialism
* Authoritarianism
Authoritarianism
* One-party state * Dictatorship * Social Darwinism * Social interventionism * Proletarian nation * Propaganda
Propaganda
* Eugenics * Heroism * Militarism * Economic interventionism * Anti-communism

TOPICS

* Definitions * Economics * Fascism and ideology * Fascism worldwide * Symbolism

IDEAS

* Actual Idealism * Class collaboration * Corporatism
Corporatism
* Heroic capitalism * National Socialism * National syndicalism * State capitalism * Supercapitalism * Third Position * Totalitarianism * Social order

VARIANTS

* Italian * National Socialism * Japanese fascism * Falangism * British * Austrian * Metaxism
Metaxism
* National Radicalism * Rexism * Clerical * Legionarism * Integralism

MOVEMENTS

AFRICA

* Greyshirts * Ossewabrandwag
Ossewabrandwag

ASIA

* Brit HaBirionim * Ganap Party * Sakurakai * Tōhōkai * Blue Shirts Society

NORTHERN / NORTHWESTERN EUROPE

* Ailtirí na hAiséirghe * Black Front (Netherlands) * Blueshirts * Breton Social-National Workers\' Movement * British Fascists
British Fascists
* British People\'s Party (1939) * British Union of Fascists * La Cagoule * Clerical People\'s Party * Faisceau * Flemish National Union * French Popular Party
French Popular Party
* General
General
Dutch Fascist
Fascist
League * Imperial Fascist
Fascist
League * Lapua Movement * Nasjonal Samling * National Corporate Party (Greenshirts ) * National Fascisti * Nationalist Party (Iceland)
Nationalist Party (Iceland)
* National Socialist Bloc * National Socialist Dutch Workers Party * National Socialist League * National Socialist Movement in the Netherlands * National Socialist Movement of Norway * National Socialist Workers\' Party (Sweden) * New Party (UK) * Patriotic People\'s Movement (Finland) * Pērkonkrusts * Rexism

CENTRAL EUROPE

* Arrow Cross Party
Arrow Cross Party
* Austrian National Socialism * Fatherland Front (Austria) * Hungarian National Socialist Party * National Front (Switzerland) * Nazism
Nazism
* Nazi
Nazi
Party * Sudeten German Party
Sudeten German Party

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Albanian Fascist
Fascist
Party * Democratic Fascist
Fascist
Party * Falange * Greek National Socialist Party * Italian Fascism * Italian Social Republic * Metaxism
Metaxism
* National Fascist
Fascist
Party * National Union (Portugal) * Republican Fascist
Fascist
Party * Sammarinese Fascist
Fascist
Party * Ustaše * ZBOR

EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

* Bulgarian National Socialist Workers Party
Bulgarian National Socialist Workers Party
* Crusade
Crusade
of Romanianism * Iron Guard
Iron Guard
* National Fascist
Fascist
Community * National Fascist
Fascist
Movement * National Italo-Romanian Cultural and Economic Movement * National Social Movement (Bulgaria) * National Radical Camp Falanga * National Romanian Fascio * National Renaissance Front * Ratniks (Bulgaria) * Romanian Front * Russian Fascist
Fascist
Party * Russian Women\'s Fascist
Fascist
Movement * Slovak People\'s Party * Union of Bulgarian National Legions * Vlajka

NORTH AMERICA

* Fascism in Canada

* Canadian Union of Fascists * Parti national social chrétien

* Gold shirts * German American Bund * Silver Legion of America

SOUTH AMERICA

* Falangism in Latin America * Brazilian Integralism * Bolivian Socialist Falange * National Socialist Movement of Chile
Chile
* Revolutionary Union

PEOPLE

* Abba Ahimeir * Nimio de Anquín * Sadao Araki
Sadao Araki
* Marc Augier * Maurice Bardèche * Jacques Benoist-Méchin * Henri Béraud * Zoltán Böszörmény * Giuseppe Bottai * Robert Brasillach * Alphonse de Châteaubriant * Corneliu Zelea Codreanu * Gustavs Celmiņš * Enrico Corradini * Carlo Costamagna * Richard Walther Darré * Marcel Déat * Léon Degrelle * Pierre Drieu La Rochelle * Gottfried Feder
Gottfried Feder
* Giovanni Gentile
Giovanni Gentile
* Joseph Goebbels * Hans F. K. Günther * Heinrich Himmler * Fumimaro Konoe
Fumimaro Konoe
* Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
* Hideki Tojo
Hideki Tojo
* Ikki Kita * Vihtori Kosola * Agostino Lanzillo * Dimitrije Ljotić * Leopoldo Lugones * Curzio Malaparte * Ioannis Metaxas
Ioannis Metaxas
* Robert Michels * Oswald Mosley * Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
* Eoin O\'Duffy * Gearóid Ó Cuinneagáin * Sergio Panunzio * Giovanni Papini * Ante Pavelić * William Dudley Pelley * Alfred Ploetz * Robert Poulet * Vidkun Quisling * José Antonio Primo de Rivera * Lucien Rebatet * Dionisio Ridruejo * Alfredo Rocco * Konstantin Rodzaevsky * Alfred Rosenberg * Plínio Salgado * Rafael Sánchez Mazas * Margherita Sarfatti * Carl Schmitt
Carl Schmitt
* Ardengo Soffici * Othmar Spann * Ugo Spirito * Ferenc Szálasi * Gonzalo Torrente Ballester
Gonzalo Torrente Ballester
* Georges Valois * Anastasy Vonsyatsky

WORKS

LITERATURE

* The Doctrine of Fascism * Fascist
Fascist
Manifesto * Manifesto of the Fascist
Fascist
Intellectuals * Mein Kampf * My Life * The Myth of the Twentieth Century * Zweites Buch * Zaveshchanie russkogo fashista

PERIODICALS

* La Conquista del Estado * Das Reich * Der Angriff * Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung * Deutsche Zeitung in Norwegen * Deutsche Zeitung in den Niederlanden * Figli d\'Italia * Fronten * Gândirea * Gioventù Fascista * Je suis partout * La France au travail * Münchener Beobachter * Novopress * NS Månedshefte * Norsk-Tysk Tidsskrift * Das Schwarze Korps
Das Schwarze Korps
* Der Stürmer * Il Popolo d\'Italia * Sfarmă-Piatră * Signal * Vlajka * Völkischer Beobachter * Nash Put\' * Fashist * l\'Alba

FILM

* Der Sieg des Glaubens * Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht * Triumph of the Will

SCULPTURE

* Allach

RELATED TOPICS

* Art of the Third Reich * Fascist
Fascist
architecture * Heroic realism * Nazi
Nazi
architecture * Nazism
Nazism
and cinema * Nazi
Nazi
plunder * Syndicalism * Conservatism

ORGANIZATIONS

INSTITUTIONAL

* Ahnenerbe
Ahnenerbe
* Chamber of Fasci and Corporations * Grand Council of Fascism * Imperial Way Faction * Italian Nationalist Association * Nationalsozialistischer Reichsbund für Leibesübungen * Quadrumvirs

ACTIVIST

* Fascist
Fascist
Union of Youth * German American Bund * National Youth Organisation (Greece) * Russian Fascist
Fascist
Organization * Union of Fascist
Fascist
Little Ones * Union of Young Fascists – Vanguard (boys) * Union of Young Fascists – Vanguard (girls)

PARAMILITARY

* Albanian Militia * Black Brigades * Blackshirts
Blackshirts
* Blueshirts * Einsatzgruppen
Einsatzgruppen
* Gold shirts * Greenshirts * Greyshirts * Hitler Youth * Heimwehr * Iron Wolf (organization) * Lăncieri * Makapili * Silver Legion of America * Schutzstaffel * Sturmabteilung
Sturmabteilung
* Waffen-SS * Werwolf
Werwolf

INTERNATIONAL

* Axis powers * NSDAP/AO
NSDAP/AO
* ODESSA
ODESSA

HISTORY

1910S

* Arditi * Fascio
Fascio

1920S

* Aventine Secession * Acerbo Law * Corfu incident * March on Rome
March on Rome
* Beer Hall Putsch * Italian economic battles

1930S

* March of the Iron Will * German federal election, November 1932 * German federal election, March 1933 * Enabling Act * 6 February 1934 crisis * 1934 Montreux Fascist
Fascist
conference * Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
* 4th of August Regime * Anti-Comintern Pact

1940S

* World War II
World War II
* The Holocaust
The Holocaust
* End in Italy * Denazification
Denazification
* Nuremberg Trials
Nuremberg Trials

LISTS

* Anti-fascists * Books about Hitler * British fascist parties * Fascist
Fascist
movements by country (A-F * G-M * N-T * U-Z ) * Nazi
Nazi
ideologues * Nazi
Nazi
leaders * Speeches by Hitler * SS personnel

RELATED TOPICS

* Alt-right
Alt-right
* Anti-fascism * Anti- Nazi
Nazi
League * Christofascism * Clerical fascism * Cryptofascism * Esoteric Nazism
Nazism
* Fascist
Fascist
(epithet) * Fascist
Fascist
mysticism * Germanisation * Glossary of Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
* Hitler salute * Italianization * Italianization of South Tyrol * Islamofascism
Islamofascism
* Japanization * Ku Klux Klan * Neo-fascism * Neo- Nazism
Nazism
* Roman salute * Social fascism * Synarchism * Unite Against Fascism * Völkisch movement * Women in Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany

* Category
Category
* Portal
Portal

* v * t * e

Philippine Legion of Honor recipients

Chief Commander (Punong Komandante)

* Emilio Aguinaldo * Hassanal Bolkiah * Chiang Kai-shek * Dwight D. Eisenhower * Leonardo Espina * Francisco Franco * José P. Laurel * Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
* Ferdinand Marcos
Ferdinand Marcos
* Imelda Marcos * Sergio Osmeña * Jesse Robredo * Chino Roces * Franklin D. Roosevelt * Jaime Sin
Jaime Sin
* Achmad Sukarno * Lorenzo Tañada * Maxwell D. Taylor * Claudio Teehankee

Grand Commander (Marangal na Komandante)

* Gilbert Teodoro * Emilio Yap * Fernando Zóbel de Ayala * Jaime Zóbel de Ayala * Jaime Augusto Zóbel de Ayala II

Grand Officer (Marangal na Pinuno)

* Teodoro Locsin Jr.

COMMANDER (KOMANDANTE)

* Benigno Aquino Jr. * Eulogio Balao * Alfredo Montelibano Sr.

OFFICER (PINUNO)

* Benigno Aquino Jr. * Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao

Legionnaire (Lehiyonaryo)

* _Escuadrón 201 _ * Teddy Boy Locsin * Edith Nourse Rogers * Richard Sakakida

* v * t * e

Post-war flight of Axis fugitives

FUGITIVES

GERMAN / AUSTRIAN

* Ludolf von Alvensleben * Klaus Barbie * Hermine Braunsteiner * Alois Brunner
Alois Brunner
* Adolf Eichmann * Aribert Heim * Walter Kutschmann * Johann von Leers
Johann von Leers
* Josef Mengele * Hermann Michel * Erich Priebke * Walter Rauff * Eduard Roschmann * Walter Schreiber * Horst Schumann * Josef Schwammberger * Franz Stangl * Gustav Wagner

CROATIAN

* Milivoj Ašner * Andrija Artuković * Anton Geiser * Ante Pavelić * Dinko Šakić * Vjekoslav Vrančić

BELGIAN

* Pierre Daye * Léon Degrelle * René Lagrou

UKRAINIAN

* John Demjanjuk
John Demjanjuk
* Feodor Fedorenko * Mykola Lebed

DANISH

* Søren Kam * Carl Værnet

ESTONIAN

* Aleksander Laak * Karl Linnas

LATVIAN

* Viktors Arājs * Herberts Cukurs

OTHER NATIONALITIES

* Tscherim Soobzokov (Circassian)

ASSISTANCE

ORGANIZATIONS

* Ratlines

STATE INVOLVEMENT

* Colonia Dignidad (Chile) * Franco (Spain) * Perón (Argentina) * Videla (Argentina) * Operation Paperclip (USA) * Robert Leiber
Robert Leiber
(Holy See) * Banzer (Bolivia) * Stroessner (Paraguay)

OTHER PERSONS

* Rodolfo Freude * Alois Hudal * Charles Lescat * Hans-Ulrich Rudel * Otto Skorzeny

HUNTERS

* Serge and Beate Klarsfeld * Eli Rosenbaum * Simon Wiesenthal * Efraim Zuroff

DISPUTED / DUBIOUS

* Krunoslav Draganović * ODESSA
ODESSA
* Stille Hilfe

SEE ALSO

* List of Most Wanted Nazi
Nazi
War Criminals

AUTHORITY CONTROL

* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 44334635 * LCCN : n79043066 * ISNI : 0000 0001 2130 3535 * GND : 11853470X * SELIBR : 206340 * SUDOC : 088342840 * BNF : cb12142874p (data) * NLA : 35099242 * NDL : 00819662 * NKC : jn20000700552 * ICCU : ITICCUCUBV8531 * BNE : XX1635699 * RKD : 343534 * IATH : w6s76btj

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