The House of Bernarda Alba Historical Context

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Spam at the time of Lorca's youth was experiencing a lengthy crisis of confidence spurred by the country's defeat by the United States in the War of 1898, during which Spain lost its remaining colonies Political life was torn between a desire on one hand to strengthen traditional values and revive past glory, and the need on the other to move progressively forward, to foster intellectual inquiry and learn from the example of modernized nations. The split between these positions grew more acute m the 1930s. Lorca resisted efforts to recruit him for the communist party, but at the same time his social conscience caused him to be outspoken in his criticism of Spanish conservatives.

In 1936 civil war broke out as conservative army officers under General Francisco Franco revolted against the liberal Spanish government. Lorca was living in Madrid at the time and decided to wait out the conflict...

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