The establishment of the Republic was greeted with enormous joy by enthusiastic crowds. It was popularly nicknamed la niña bonita (‘the pretty girl’). Many seemed to believe that almost magically overnight all the pending and highly conflictive social and economic problems inherited from the monarchy could be solved and a modern, progressive and egalitarian nation created. And yet, the new regime could not have come at a worst moment.
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- The Second Republic: A Brief Exercise in Democracy, 1931–6
Francisco J. Romero Salvadó
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