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An excellent guide to the Spanish Civil War is:
The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939, by Antony Beevor , published by Phoenix

For a biography of Franco himself, you can do no better than: 
Franco: A Biography, by Paul Preston, published by Fontana

Films about this time include:
Pan's Labyrinth  directed by Guillermo del Toro ( set in 1944, the same year as The Maze of Cadiz), this story is told through the eyes of a twelve-year-old girl.

and, my favourite:
The Spirit of the Beehive  (1973) directed by Victor Erice, and set around 1940, with a six year old girl as the main character.

 Interesting that both films should use young girls for stories with such a grim setting.