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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2017 4:16 p.m. PST

… views of Spanish and Portuguese violence during the Peninsular War, 1808–1814.

"This article explores British soldiers' reactions to the violence that Iberian soldiers, guerrillas and civilians perpetrated against wounded French soldiers and prisoners of war during the Peninsular War. Whilst they saw this violence as retaliatory, and sympathized with the suffering of the occupied, British soldiers were shocked, disturbed and outraged, often leading them to self-identify with their very enemy — the French. On one level, this violence was seen as a fundamental violation of customary rules of war. Yet further, in British minds it revealed a deeper Iberian culture of violence and way of war, which set the Iberian peoples apart from ‘civilized' nations."
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Whirlwind20 Dec 2017 11:58 p.m. PST


Have you actually read that one? Because it looks to me like it is behind a US$40+ paywall.

dave00177621 Dec 2017 12:09 a.m. PST

sounds like it could be made into a film, perhaps Mel Gibson would be interested though I suppose he would have to change things around a bit, perhaps make the Brits the ones dishing out the violence with the Spanish and Portuguese expressing their horror !

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2017 11:06 a.m. PST

No… I have not… it's for a possible interest for anyone… (smile)

I like the film idea!. (smile)


Whirlwind21 Dec 2017 11:11 a.m. PST

Not a problem, I just wondered if you had academic access or similar.

All the best

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2017 10:51 p.m. PST

Sadly not….


Supercilius Maximus22 Dec 2017 3:11 p.m. PST

I wonder if observing this behaviour contributed in some way to the British mis-treatment of Spanish civilians when they (the British) stormed French-held towns?

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