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Burnett Bolloten

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469624464

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624464.001.0001

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In Search of Scapegoats

In Search of Scapegoats

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The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter considers another angle to the decision to end continued resistance. As the previous chapter noted, Negrín was not unaware of Casado's conspiracy against him, though he allowed it to continue on the grounds of a general sense of disillusionment among the PCE, among other things. For various pragmatic reasons, and given the futility of further resistance, Casado decided that he might as well proceed on his own to tackle the difficulties of negotiating with Franco, and spare the Communists any further trouble. However, his handling of the Casado situation would eventually be used to paint Negrín as a scapegoat, as it could easily be perceived by many as a selfish and cowardly act.

Keywords:   Juan Negrín, Segismundo Casado, PCE, Communists, resistance policy, Casado's conspiracy, coup d'état, scapegoat

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