Edited by Ronald Radosh, Mary R. Habeck, and Grigory Sevostianov
Yale University Press
On 16 July 1936, a large part of the Spanish officer corps rose up in revolt against the legitimately elected Popular Front government of Spain. The coup by the rebellious generals led not to a successful takeover, but instead to a civil war, a battle in which the sympathies and solidarity of millions around the world were enlisted on one side or the other. Spain, a nation that had long been relegated to the sidelines of history, suddenly thrust itself on the world’s attention. It became the focus of other nations’ foreign policy—and also of a desire on the part of idealistic volunteers to come to the aid of the embattled Republic. From that time on, the Spanish Civil War became not just a part of history but a parable about the need to respond when the forces of tyranny attempt to
crush progressive movements seeking democracy, social change, and freedom.