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But he underestimated the essence of fascism and the most basic implications of both Mussolini and Hitler. Civil War Within a year, Crawford’s attention was drawn back to events in Spain. Early in May 1936, the Popular Front of the left (made up of Republicans, Socialists, Anarchists and Communists) won a majority in the national elections. The Spanish electorate rejected dictatorship, the church and the monarchy. On 17 July, the Spanish generals rebelled, and the right decided to overthrow the elected Government.

There was actually no danger of this. ’87 Despite his failure to resolve the problem and his evident confusion about it, the last term at Balliol was happy. He had become 30 An Historian’s Life comfortable with its privileges and lifestyle. 88 As Crawford negotiated an identity that reconciled both an Australian and a British persona, he became the quintessential Oxford man: urbane, polished and confident. As he anticipated in a letter to his family, this was a busy period of study, punting on the river, tutoring, problems to be settled, Gilbert and Sullivan, tennis, walks and club meetings.

But he underestimated the essence of fascism and the most basic implications of both Mussolini and Hitler. Civil War Within a year, Crawford’s attention was drawn back to events in Spain. Early in May 1936, the Popular Front of the left (made up of Republicans, Socialists, Anarchists and Communists) won a majority in the national elections. The Spanish electorate rejected dictatorship, the church and the monarchy. On 17 July, the Spanish generals rebelled, and the right decided to overthrow the elected Government.

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