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Tango0107 Sep 2020 9:00 p.m. PST

"Many excellent books have been written about the Spanish Civil War. From the classics by Hemmingway and Orwell to secondary studies by Preston, Beevor et al. There have been memoirs, and biographies and organisations like the International Brigades Memorial Trust ensure we do not forget the sacrifices that so many people from around the world made in defence of democracy.

What we don't have are many military histories of the conflict. Charles Esdaile's ‘The Spanish Civil War: A Military History' is a recent contribution as is a new book by Alexander Clifford 'The People's Army in the Spanish Civil War', which focuses on the wider People's Army, not just the International Brigades…"


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Legionarius07 Sep 2020 9:13 p.m. PST

Whose people? The Socialists? The POUM? The Anarchists? The International Communists? The Trotskyists? The Stalinists? The Carlists? The Fascists? The Nationalists? The followers of Jose Antonio? The Basques? The Andalusians? The Militant Catholics? The Catalans? Which Catalans? The "Novios de la Muerte? The Moors? The Heretics? The Democrats? The idealists? The integralists? The Royalists? The ……????

Makhno191808 Sep 2020 5:10 a.m. PST

Barely skimming the review, I'd guess the socialists', republicans', and (increasingly) communists', ie The Government's people. Maybe I should actually read it though 😉

Pan Marek08 Sep 2020 7:04 a.m. PST

Perhaps you should read the book, an find out.

William Warner Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2020 9:40 a.m. PST

If you want to know "whose people?" you could take time to read the subtitle: "A Military History of the Republic and International Brigades 1936-1939. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

Tango0108 Sep 2020 12:35 p.m. PST



14Bore08 Sep 2020 1:25 p.m. PST

Having just finished Long Live Death on the Spanish Civil War guessing it's Communists, most of the international brigades were on their side.

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