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The Spanish Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars in the Twentieth Century in Europe. The war was not simply a Spanish affair, but it was to draw in other nations, including Italy, Portugal, Germany and the Soviet Union. The war was a result of many factors, some of which will be discussed here. The main cause of the Spanish Civil War, was the failure of Spanish democracy. This was because there was a refusal by the Spanish parties and groups to compromise and respect democratic norms.
[[File:662px-Official_Francisco_Franco.jpg|thumbnail|General Francisco Franco in 1936]]