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The Battle to Define Spanish Manhood

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This chapter analyzes the discourses that built the ideal "Spanish man" rooted in different ideological positions in the two asides of the conflict. It pays special attention to the model constructed in the ranks of the national faction. The chapter examines the most important features of the project set forth by the dictatorship of Miguel Primo de Rivera (1923-30) aimed at restoring "national masculinity". The beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 shattered the process of change. The war confronted opposite visions of what was understood to be "true masculinity". It was also Franco's faction that more flowingly expressed the categories of masculinity and nation. Thus, the so-called "national" faction totally merged the ideas of the Spanish nation and manhood, creating an emphatic concept of the "Spanish male", which took shape through the three-year period of the conflict.

Keywords: Franco's faction; Miguel Primo de Rivera; national masculinity; Spanish Civil War; Spanish manhood



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