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PostJuan 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? (!)