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Reluctant Warriors: Republican Popular Army and Nationalist Army Conscripts in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

James Matthews


This book is a comparative study of Nationalist and Republican conscripts during Spanish Civil War 1936–1939. It analyses the conflict from the perspective of those who did not embrace one or other side’s ideologies and were involved against their will. While militants on both sides joined the conflict voluntarily, the large majority of combatants went to war as conscripts.The book firstly examines the manner in which both sides implemented mass conscription. It then analyses the process of conscription from call‐up to placement in a unit. It also looks at the methods employed to motivate and ... More

Keywords: Spanish Civil War, conscription, mobilization, Republican Popular Army, Nationalist Army, morale, discipline, desertion, war effort, draft, call-up, military service

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199655748
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655748.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Matthews, author
Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA