Lead: In the last months of the Spanish Civil War the besieged City of Barcelona was a symbol of the declining republican cause.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: After centuries of resistance, Spain, in the early 1930s, lurched with confusion and reaction into the modern world. The Second Republic was declared in 1931, King Alfonso XIII left the country, and a center left government under conservative Catholic politician Alcala Zamora (al ca `la  tha `mo ra) began its work.  Despite its balanced make-up, the government failed to create sustained democratic institutions in Spain because its policies were too radical for the privileged upper classes and did not go far enough for socialists and communists who saw themselves as champions of the poor and destitute. It raised fears and hopes, but could not bring the nation together.

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