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The Faith and the Fury
The Faith and the Fury

The Faith and the Fury

Popular Anticlerical Violence and Iconoclasm in Spain, 1931-1936

The Canada Blanch/Sussex Academic Studies on Contemporary Spain


300 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $34.95 (CA $46.95) (US $34.95)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781789760132

Rights: US & CA

Sussex Academic Press (Jun 2019)

Price: $34.95


In Spain, the five-year period following the proclamation of the Republic in April 1931 was marked by physical assaults upon the property and public ritual of the Spanish Catholic Church. In July 1936, a right-wing military rebellion divided Spain geographically. During the first six months of the conflict, innumerable religious buildings were destroyed and almost 7,000 religious personnel were killed. During this period of rapid social, cultural, and political change, anticlerical acts became both a catalyst and a symptom of social change. This book explores the motives, mentalities, and collective identities of the groups involved in anticlericalism, during the pre-war Spanish Second Republic and the Spanish Civil War.

Author Biography

Maria Thomas completed her PhD at Royal Holloway University of London. She has also studied at the London School of Economics and at Cardiff University.