Stages of Terror

Stages of Terror

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The Performativity of an Uprising, Staging Terror in Franco’s Spain


The Spanish Civil War is often referred to as the ‘Forgotten War’, a ‘pact of silence’ decreed that the mainstream parties involved would not talk about what happened. Through the staging of photographs, slogans and symbols, General Francisco Franco created a character of an imposing and majestic dictator. Using fascist iconography and aided by a team of propagandists, he rewrote history to aid his reign of terror.