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Reluctant WarriorsRepublican Popular Army and Nationalist Army Conscripts in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939$
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James Matthews

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655748.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Reluctant Warriors

Matthews James

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This chapter is a conceptual and methodological introduction to the book. It examines the enduring interest in the Spanish Civil War from both an academic and popular perspective, and charts the development of military history to include studies of people at war at the lowest level. In this light, conscripts had a degree of agency, rather than as acting simply as pawns within a rigid military apparatus. The chapter also places the study of conscription within the existing historiography of the Spanish Civil War and elucidates on the scope and purpose of carrying out a comparative study. Finally, it introduces the sources used for this study and examines their strengths and limitations.

Keywords:   Spanish Civil War historiography, military history, archival sources, methodology, comparative history, agency

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