The Thursday Lecture
Thursday May 21, 2020 4:00pm
Presenter:Geoffrey Bromige
Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella

The causes of the Spanish Civil War go back to the 1920s.  This initial section of the presentation will cover the social, political and economic tensions that led to this cataclysmic event. It is positioned and discussed in the setting of a Europe, and indeed a World, that was going through severely traumatic times.


Following on, this next section looks at the sides and alliances participating in the Spanish Civil War including the different foreign powers (e.g. Russian and Communist participation; International Brigades) and their political and battle effects.  Coverage will also include the “Generals’ Uprising”, the initiation of the war itself and discussions of the atrocities committed on both sides – and how these were used in the media and their consequences.


The progress of the Spanish Civil war itself will be discussed through its different phases – from the initial risings by the Generals, the significant battles, the geographic zones, the naval conflict, the ‘civil war within the Civil War’ through to its culmination with the Republican collapse.


Events and consequences following the Spanish Civil War will not be included formally within this talk.


Geoffrey Bromige:  Geoffrey initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1973.  Since then, he has pursued a successful international business career, holding many senior executive positions in leading global chemical distribution companies (notably Brenntag/HCI).  In 2009, he was headhunted to lead the business turn-round and subsequent sale of a leading international chemical distributor based in Greece.  Geoffrey formally retired in 2010 and is now consulting on chemical distribution as an industry expert.



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