The Impact of the Spanish Civil War on Britain War, Loss and Memory

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Pub. Date: 2007-01-01
Publisher(s): Sussex Academic Press
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The Spanish Civil War has had a profound and lasting impact on Britain. At least 2400 Britons volunteered to fight for the Spanish Republic (of whom more than 500 died), while others provided medical assistance, visited Spain in delegations, or covered the Civil War as journalists. In this collection of three of his published articles and seven new essays, all based on primary research, Tom Buchanan sheds light on many facets of this complex relationship. The book's central themes are the impact of loss on families and communities, and the importance of Spain itself -- its history and culture -- in the way that the Civil War was understood in Britain. Some of the chapters deal with individuals involved in the Civil War, such as the writer John Langdon-Davies, the artist Felicia Browne and the journalist GL Steer. Others pursue somewhat neglected themes, such as the response of British artists to the war or the role played by British medical personnel. The final two chapters focus on the long-term impact of the conflict on British politics and on Britain's relations with Spain since 1939.

Author Biography

Tom Buchanan is Reader in Modern History at the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
List of Abbreviationsp. x
"A far away country of which we know nothing"? British perceptions of Spain and its civil war, 1931-1939p. 1
Journalism at war: George Lowther Steer, Guernica and the resistance to fascist aggressionp. 23
The masked advance: politics, intrigue and British medical aid for the Spanish Republicp. 43
The lost art of Felicia Brownep. 64
Mobilising art: British artists and the Spanish Civil Warp. 83
The death of Bob Smillie, the Spanish Civil War and the eclipse of the Independent Labour Partyp. 98
Loss, memory and the British "volunteers for liberty"p. 122
My country right or left: John Langdon-Davies and Cataloniap. 141
Spain rediscovered: British perceptions of Franco's Spain and the advent of mass tourism, 1945-1975p. 158
The Spanish Civil War in British politics since 1939p. 175
Notesp. 197
Select Bibliographyp. 254
Indexp. 258
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