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Francisco franco francisco franco francos dictatorship although franco had visions of restoring spanish grandeur after the civil war in reality he was the leader of an exhausted country still divided internally and impoverished by a long and costly war the stability of his government was made more precarious by the outbreak of world war ii only five months later. Francisco franco 1892 1975 ruled spain as a military dictator from 1939 until his death he rose to power during the bloody spanish civil war when his nationalist forces overthrew the . After francos death the machinery of democracy cranked swiftly into motion the dictator had groomed the young prince juan carlos to continue his style of autocratic rule after his death but instead of obeying his mentor the new monarch set about creating a parliamentary system that included the legalization of political parties and a new constitution approved in 1978 by referendum. On 20th november 1975 general francisco franco died in madrid just before his 83rd birthday at the time of his death he had been the head of a dictatorial regime with the title of caudillo for almost 40 years in this book enrique moradiellos redraws franco in three dimensions franco the man franco the caudillo and francos spain