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The Third Carlist War (1873-1876) was the final stage of four decades of conflicts that divided Spain. The A succession crisis following the ascension of Isabella II to the throne following the death of her father, Ferdinand VII, spurred the wars. The Carlists, named after Ferdinand’s brother Carlos, wanted a return to local rule and opposed the reforms instituted by the Liberals, who wanted to move the country in more secular direction with a strong central government. The Liberals emerged victorious in 1876 (Holt.) (Image: The Civil War in Spain)