Pablo Casado has assured today in the Congress of Deputies that “the Civil War confronted those who wanted democracy without law and those who wanted law without democracy”, thus ignoring what Spanish historiography has agreed: that it was a part of the army that that he rebelled -in 1936- and gave a military coup against a government that left the polls five years earlier, in 1931. Minutes later he assured that the PSOE “threatened his bench 90 years ago” in a veiled reference to CEDA. In any case, there have been few reactions from the hemicycle itself, but at Hora 25 we also want to add that of Julián Casanova, historian and professor of Contemporary History at the University of Zaragoza.
“I think the underlying issue is that this issue was not studied in schools for a long time, in secondary schools, an effort has been made to explain to many generations why there was a Civil War, why there was a policy violence, why did people see this as a more universal war, why did Franco win the war (…) There are basic agreements in history and if you turn this into an opinion and legitimize the coup, you destroy that agreement “explains Casanova. “They do not take into account that there is a deep investigation, which goes beyond family memories,” he says.
“We are left with an educational task, a task of disseminating history with precision, without political use. There are many people dismantling conspiracy theories, I know that in front of a leader like Pablo Casado, ours remains a mere opinion. , but it is not like that, it is a consolidated theme in all the manuals. Something different is studied than what Pablo Casado says from Harvard to Tokyo “, explains the historian about the words of the opposition leader, who has tried to twist up to the end the coup of 1936.
Regarding the second reference of the PP leader: “The PSOE threatened us 90 years ago,” Casanova points out that “he is assuming that his right is the fascist, anti-republican and anti-monarchist of before 36, the current right has no right to claim ( …) He is vindicating a totally fascistized right ”
And about the first thing he said, the historian leaves no room for doubt: “Not only is it propaganda, but also the Republic had quite harsh laws against public disorder and against anarchism, the Republic has very harsh public order legislation Not only does it have legislation, but we also know that the laws that they enacted (…) It gives me the impression that the problem of the historical right is that they have never connected the coup with the Republic “