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This is the introductory chapter of the book Memory and Cultural History of the Spanish Civil War: Realms of Oblivion. It presents an overview of how the other chapters in the book are organized. The first section of the book focuses on the origins and evolution of the Movement for the Recovery of Historical Memory (MRHM) in Spain. The second section explores the construction of 'Spanish masculinity", specifically the different masculinities elaborated from various ideological positions during the conflict. The third section addresses the Francoist regime's repressive environment as prescribed and contested in literary works and national symbols. The fourth section focuses on the trauma of the civil war in the collective memory. The fifth section focuses on the oral tradition of exiled women from both sides in the war. The last section explores the significance of the myth of the Hispano-Arabic identity in the Francoist ideological discourse.

Keywords: Francoist regime; Hispano-Arabic identity; MRHM; Spanish Civil War; Spanish masculinity



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