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Published: 12 July 2012

258 Pages | 2 maps and 8 black and white images


ISBN: 9780199655748

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Reluctant Warriors

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

James Matthews

Oxford Historical Monographs

  • Challenges traditional political interpretations of the conflict
  • Provides a view of the conflict from the perspective of 'ordinary' combatants
  • The first history of conscription in the Spanish Civil War; aids understanding of social and military challenges both sides faced in mobilizing their populations
  • Contributes to an understanding of why the Nationalists won the war and the Republic lost
  • Draws extensively on unpublished archival material including combatants' letters: a rarity in Spanish Civil War historiography