Would Spain be more powerful today if the Nationalists lost the Spanish Civil War?

Posted by: PetersSmith

The Spanish Civil War, fought between 18 July 1936 – 1 April 1939, led to Spain becoming a fascist state. Do you think Spain would be more powerful if the Nationalists lost? Spain will stay out of World War II regardless. Republican Spain would obviously win through further Soviet and foreign support.

  • Yes, Republican Spain would have led Spain to greater prosperity

  • No, Francisco Franco led Spain to great prosperity

33% 2 votes
67% 4 votes
  • Fascism has a way of making countries stronger.

  • No, Franco would have helped Spain avoid a Communist takeover in Western Europe and help deteriorate the Western Powers

  • Republican was just a marxist movement, and we all know how communism ended up, we have to also take into account that they killed people which basically bring prosperity like: From small businessmans (people that have their store) to really big businessmans, people that had a conservative form of artsyle and the list goes on... Franco on the other hand introduced new laws which favorized spanish people, he always tried to have a friendly relationship to the USA and latinoamerica while at the same time protecting the spanish economy. Franco made spanish economy really prosperous and GDP per capita was as high as France, it must also be said that he made it prosperous with no marshall plan whatsoever.

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TheReycoco says2014-07-09T15:59:36.4492908-05:00
Interesting actually, as during Franco's dictatorship, Spain had a short time of economic growth and prosperity, partially because of it's support from USA during the cold war (Both were very anticomunists).
PetersSmith says2014-07-09T16:08:44.3056068-05:00
TheReycoco: Yes, but if Republican Spain won then they would gain support from the Soviets during the Cold War.
The_Immortal_Emris says2014-07-09T17:58:24.3348818-05:00
Spain is going to have a series of quite secession over the next 50 years. The northwest corner of the nation will rebel/secede in the next 30 years. Followed by the south-east, then the borderlands between France and Spain, where French farmers are being terrorized by Spanish dissidents for farming and exporting goods to Spain, while taking economic opportunity from Spanish farmers. Not that they are justified. It's not the French farmer's fault both France and Spain are terribly governed.

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