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Myths of the International Brigades

Baxell, Richard (2014) Myths of the International Brigades. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 91 (1-2). pp. 11-24. ISSN 1475-3820

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14753820.2013.868647


Ever since the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939, myths and misconceptions have surrounded the International Brigades, the volunteers from around the world who came to the defence of the Spanish Republic. Their creation, composition, and role in the war itself have all been hotly debated, with critics arguing that the International Brigades were primarily a ‘Comintern Army’, a tool of Soviet expansionism, in which any form of dissent was ruthlessly eliminated. Therefore, the discipline problems and consequent heavy-handed responses from the I.B. leadership are often seen as politically rather than militarily driven, despite the manifestly demoralizing nature of the war. Yet while a small number of volunteers were undoubtedly brutally treated, there was a much greater tolerance in the Brigades—certainly within the English-speaking battalions—than has often been suggested.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2014 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DP Spain
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2014 16:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:09

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