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The Spanish Civil War - Andy Durgan | Victory Street | Work, Rest and Play exhibition

Issue No. 2064

The British Tom Mann unit, fighting in Barcelona in 1936

The British Tom Mann unit, fighting in Barcelona in 1936

The Spanish Civil War
by Andy Durgan
Palgrave, £14.50

Andy Durgan has written a short but incisive history of the Spanish Civil War.

There could be no better starting point for anyone wanting to find out what was at stake in this conflict, which unleashed a revolutionary process across the Republican zone.

Durgan addresses the debate within the Republican zone about whether the revolution should wait until the war was won.

He points to the inability of the Republicans to successfully prosecute a conventional war and the importance of revolutionary methods in achieving their few successes.

Even those readers who have read more widely on the Spanish Civil War will benefit from Andy’s analysis and his summary of the key debates.

James Barr

Victory Street
by Richard MacSween
National Youth Theatre, On tour, 020 7281 3863

Victory Street is a children’s novel set in Burnley in 2001, written by local activist Richard MacSween.

It shows the fear and paranoia that arise when the Nazi BNP tries to take control of the city, and tells the story of how ordinary people resist the Nazis.

The National Youth Theatre has turned the novel into a play that is to open at the Soho Theatre next week, 20-25 August. It will also be performed at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, on 17-27 October.

Work, Rest and Play
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London
Until 14 October

This exhibition explores the way that work, rest and play have been depicted in art from the 16th century to the present day.

It features works by Canaletto, Thomas Gainsborough, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and LS Lowry.

The exhibition looks at how different artists have responded to the changing patterns of work – from industrialisation to office work.


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Tue 14 Aug 2007, 18:05 BST
Issue No. 2064
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