I don't think that's the reason. I recently made the acquaintance of a lovely retired doctor with whom I've been discussing politics, and even though we haven't discussed that specific topic, I'm quite sure his concept of imperialism is roughly the same as mine. As I said, I normally try to avoid talking about ages, but if I had to venture a guess, I'd say he must be around 70, and I don't imagine you can be much older than him. My uneducated guess is that you and I have different concepts for the word imperialism because we have very different backgrounds, which might be related to the fact that I'm Spanish and you are (I think) American.
I would say yes, but @been-there knows this topic much better and he might be able to shed some light on this. In other forums there's a feature that allows you to "summon" a forum member to a conversation by writing the @ symbol followed by his name. Not sure if that works here.
I didn't. I was baffled when I read this. Then I re-read your first post in this thread and saw it is much longer now than what I remember. Sometimes you read a post, and while you write an answer the other guy edits his post, leading to a situation where you are answering something that is no longer there or seeming to ignore something new that wasn't there hitherto. It has happened before, and I guess that's what has happened here.
It's not easy to answer your questions. My general answer for all of them is: Spaniards, like most people in any other country, believe whatever they are brainwashed into believing by mass media, official versions force fed in school, etc. In Spain, however, it is common to talk about the "two Spains", which is a term that describes the strong division between what Spaniards typically consider the right and the left. These are ideological differences, so there's plenty of people from both sides in every region of Spain. The "rightist" official versions are quite different than the "leftist" ones. This division between right and left can be confusing for people from some other countries. I think "right" and "left" mean something different in Spain than in those countries. I don't know much about American politics, but I'd say from a Spanish point of view both Republicans and Democrats are on the right.
On top of that, the official versions some regions, mainly Catalonia and Euskadi (aka the Basque country or the Basque provinces) are different than the official versions in the rest of Spain. Many parties in those regions want independence from Spain, and of course their official versions suit that goal, and typically (but not always) lean towards the leftist side.
I'm sceptical of any official versions, so I don't buy into any of them. In most cases the historical and political truth is hidden by very thick layers of propaganda, so the best I can do is acknowledging that I just don't know or understand the situation and therefore it doesn't make sense for me to have a view on those topics. Therefore, I'll just try to say how they are viewed by others.
Yes, everything related to the civil war is significant in Spain, and every minute detail is discussed ad nauseum (which doesn't necessarily mean that the truth is ever told).
Leftist view: They were heroes that gave their lives fighting for freedom.
Rightist view: They were enemies of Spain.
Leftist view: He was the devil, only second in evilness to Hitler and perhaps Mussolini.
"Moderate" rightist view: He was not too bad, but it is better to have "democracy" (which we actually don't have, btw).
"Radical" rightist view: He was the saviour of Spain, we need another Franco who sends packing all the corrupt politicians of these days.
Leftist view: Yes, absolutely.
Rightist view: Not sure. Fascist is considered a very negative term. AFAIK the only time rightist people use the word fascist is when they criticize the leftists for abusing it.
Far right. No arguments here, everybody agrees on this one.
Sectarian histories. In Catalonia and Euskadi they teach what suits their nationalist goals. In most other regions they teach the opposite. Some regions, like Valencia and Galicia, are somewhere in the middle.
Fair enough, I don't think it makes much of a difference, but, for what it's worth, I'm 42. So maybe not so wet behind the ears.