Raymond Carr

The Reign In Spain

Juan Carlos: A People's King


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WITH THE DECLARATION of the Spanish Second Republic in April 1931 King Alfonso XIII went into exile; but he did not abdicate, or renounce his hereditary claim to the throne as head of the Bourbon dynasty. On his death in 1941 this claim passed to his son Don Juan. Don Juan was never to become King of Spain. It was his son Juan Carlos who was crowned in 1975. This book, in which Professor Preston combines meticulous research (there are fifty pages of references to his sources) with a rare gift for the clear analysis of complex political situations, describes how this came about

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