Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Foreign FightersTransnational Identity in Civic Conflicts$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Malet

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199939459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939459.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 20 June 2019

The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)

The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)

Chapter:
(p.92) 4 The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)
Source:
Foreign Fighters
Author(s):

David Malet

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199939459.003.0005

The Spanish Civil War was a pre-World War II proving ground for combat between the Axis Powers and their enemies, and presents a case of foreign fighters being recruited purely on the strength of ideological affiliations. After a fascist military coup against a leftist coalition government, members of the Communist International in Western countries began to pressure the Soviet Union to assist the Republicans of Spain. Instead, Stalin directed the Comintern to recruit non-Communists in Western countries to fight as anti-fascists in the International Brigades under the threat that a fascist victory would threaten their various communities (democrats, leftists, Jews, Black, union, etc.) The transitory success of the foreign fighters led to an anti-communist counter-recruitment drive by the Nationalists, who portrayed the Catholic Church under threat by advancing Marxists.

Keywords:   Spanish civil war, International Brigades, comintern, Abraham Lincoln Brigade, fascist

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .