Spanish Civil War - Fighters Against Fascism
BBC History Magazine|October 2020
Spanish Civil War - Fighters Against Fascism
Alejandro Quiroga recommends a book that tells the stories of international soldiers who signed up to fight in the Spanish Civil War, and questions what motivated them
Alejandro Quiroga

The International Brigades have occupied a central place in British historical memory for decades. The 35,000 men and women who travelled from all over the world to defend the democratic Second Spanish Republic have been the object of a vast literature, and remain a key part of the popular imagination of anti-fascism in interwar Europe. Giles Tremlett’s book provides a comprehensive narrative history of the Brigaders, while exploring the volunteers’ role in Spain and beyond. A connoisseur of the Iberian past, Tremlett has authored a number of books on Spanish history while working for The Guardian in Madrid.


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October 2020