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In the interests of justice?: grass-roots prosecution and collaboration in Francoist military trials, 1939-1945

By Peter Anderson


In 1939 Francoists won the Spanish Civil War, but continued to prosecute hundreds of thousands from the defeated Republican side in summary military tribunals that imposed either the death sentence or jail terms of up to thirty years. Historians have paid much attention to the outcomes of these trials and stressed the institutional power of the courts within the emerging Francoist state. By contrast, this article, through a study of court documents, examines how the Francoist authorities devolved much of the prosecution process to the municipal level. Here they came to rely on their grass-roots supporters to identify, classify, provide testimony against and convict Republicans

Topics: D731 World War II, DP Spain
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1017/S0960777308004815
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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