This Week in History
Spanish Civil War Begins
17 July 1936
Pro-fascist forces revolt against the government of Spain, and civil war ensues.
In 1936, pro-fascist elements of the Spanish army, with support from the Catholic Church and monarchists, staged a violent revolt and brought down the democratically-elected government. Supporters of the government began a resistance which led to civil war. The conflict continued until 1939 when the fascists, under General Francisco Franco, took control. Franco remained in power until 1975.
pro-fascist (adjective): supportive of a system of extreme right-wing authoritarian government
revolt (verb): rebel; fight against the leaders or authorities
monarchists (noun): people who support a system of ruling by a royal family (king, queen)
stage (verb): organize and participate in
resistance (noun): opposition, usually by force; an organization that resists or fights
Test your understanding:
The Spanish Civil War began after the democratically-elected government was
The war continued until the people fighting for democracy were defeated by those fighting for
A civil war is a conflict between armed forces from