Spanish Civil War Causes - Causes of the Spanish Civil War...

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Causes of the Spanish Civil War Long Term Causes Political Instability - There was a constitutional monarchy since 1871 - The real political power was in the hands of the wealthy - No parliament to change anything - Tension between rich and poor - General public forced into apathy, violent opposition Spanish Army - Traditionally the protector of nation (huge part of colonization) - Decided to step into political conflicts when necessary. - Not popular bc of their brutality, taxes, perceived weakness in failing to hold up Spanish Empire (South American colonies) - Army dominated by middle/upper classes - Army was nationalistic and conservative (against change and communists) The Catholic Church - Rich and powerful - Controlled education, elements of economy. Had significant political and social influence. - Supported traditional conservatives - Old wealthy spanish families - Defended upper classes, resentment from poor Economics - Agricultural Workers’ situation - Spain was an agricultural economy

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