This book brings together leading British and Spanish historians in an examination of key aspects of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), with contributors exploring a range of important new perspectives. The war was the first major battle in the international struggle between fascism and democracy, a struggle that dominated the 1930s and 1940s throughout Europe. This complex studies breaks new ground in its wide-ranging analysis of different aspects of the conflict.
Contributors discuss: the politics of memory; the specific experiences of two of the international volunteers who served in the war; recent revisionist historiography; biographies of international volunteers; the experience of nursing in Catalonia; the baptism of fire of Jarama; Britain’s blocking of aid to the Republic; Soviet intervention in the conflict; and the crimes of Franco, both during and after the war.
Published in association with the International Brigade Memorial Trust, and in collaboration with the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies.