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Post Juan March, Not Catalonian
Created by John Eipper on 10/19/19 3:49 AM

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Juan March, Not Catalonian (Paul Preston, UK, 10/19/19 3:49 am)

Juan March is a very prominent character in my book A People Betrayed: Corruption, Political Incompetence and Social Division in Spain 1874-2018, which will be published in Spain next week and in the UK in February.

From before the First World War until his death in 1962, March accumulated eye-watering amounts of money through the most daring and shameless schemes. I agree with Timothy Ashby that it is inconceivable that he would have considered himself Catalan in any way.

As for whether he was a Francoist, it is certainly the case that he bankrolled both the Primo de Rivera dictatorship and Franco's civil war effort. However, he derived spectacular profits from both operations.

JE comments:  I totally "stepped in it" with my reference to March as a Catalonian oligarch, but it's an honor to be corrected by the Maestro himself, Paul Preston.  I should have remembered the fact that the Mallorcans don't consider themselves Catalonians, even if the Catalonians view the Balearic people as compatriots.

March is a venerable surname from Barcelona.  History's most famous March is probably Aleida March, Che Guevara's second wife.  (She is still living, at 83.)

More on the Marches:  https://www.blasonari.net/apellido.php?id=624

Congratulations on the new arrival, Paul!  Corruption, Political Incompetence, and Social Division:  are you sure it's not a study about America today?  (!)

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