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Napoleon’s secret weapon: the terrible famine with which he weakened Spain to invade it

Madrid suffered the War of Independence like no other region in Spain. On May 2, 1808, the capital was already completely taken. Benito Pérez Galdós thus recounted in his ‘National Episodes’ how the city was blown up, when about 25,000 French people stood in the El Retiro park and its surroundings: “There was no more voices than weapons, weapons, weapons! Those who did not shout on the streets, shouted on the balconies. And if a moment before half of the people of Madrid were simply curious, after the appearance of the artillery they were all actors ».

Napoleon’s secret weapon: the terrible famine with which he weakened Spain to invade

Madrid suffered the War of Independence like no other region in Spain. On May 2, 1808, the capital was already completely taken. Benito Pérez Galdós thus recounted in his ‘National Episodes’ how the city was blown up, when about 25,000 French people stood in the El Retiro park and its surroundings: “There was no more voices than weapons, weapons, weapons! Those who did not shout on the streets, shouted on the balconies. And if a moment before half of the people of Madrid were simply curious, after the appearance of the artillery they were all actors ».

“The First and Second Republic made the same mistake: not counting on the people”

Four presidents and almost a dozen governments, a cantonal revolution that threatened the unity of the country, the bombing of Alicante and two coups d’état. All this happened in the less than two years that the First Republic lasted, a period so unstable, brief and violent that the “current republican left does not even like to talk about it.” This is the opinion of the professor of Law and former president of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Alejandro Nieto, after publishing one of the few books that have been written in the last century and a half on this regime.

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