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The early years of Opus Dei

1928-1936: Historical, political and social situation in Spain

Tags: Suffering, Spanish Civil War, History, Youth, Opus Dei
The following is a fairly brief account of the early years of Opus Dei, together with the historical, political and social situation in Spain at the time. It is condensed from chapters 1 and 3-12 of the book Uncommon Faith: The Early Years of Opus Dei 1928 to 1943*, by historian John F. Coverdale, published by Scepter Publishers in 2002.

LIST OF CONTENTS
1. 1928-1930: The birth of Opus Dei: social, economic and political background in Spain

2. 1931-1932: The Second Spanish Republic and Spanish anticlericalism

3. 1933-34: A background of tension and violence

4. 1934: Revolution in Spain

5. 1935-1936: Political and social developments

6. 1936-1939: St. Josemaria in the Spanish Civil War


*The early years of Opus Dei: Historical, political and social situation in Spain. Condensed from chapters 1 and 3-12 of the book Uncommon Faith by historian John Coverdale, Scepter Publishers, 2002.

The early history of Opus Dei, from the time when it was just an idea in its founder’s head at its creation in Spain in 1928, until 1943. The story includes the first Opus Dei Centers, the first few dozen members, its development, the years of the Spanish Civil War, rebuilding Opus Dei in Madrid, expansion, and the opposition from the Falange and universities. The author is a historian specializing in the history of Spain and was also Consultor to the US State Department for matters relating to Spain.