Despite the death of the last Scottish participant in the Spanish Civil War in 2012, and the absence of sustained scholarly interest, Scottish involvement in the Spanish Civil War has never been forgotten. This memory has been preserved through ongoing grassroots efforts to write about, commemorate and celebratethe activists and volunteers who gave their time, money and lives in defence of the Spanish Republic. Rather than recovering an otherwise ‘forgotten’ history, this book instead aims to offer new explanations and analysis of this passion for Spain that so clearly lives on today. As well as offering a new assessment of how far a particularly ‘Scottish’ response to the conflict existed, it contextualises this story within much wider narratives: the wider ideological struggle between fascism and anti-fascism, the transnational nature of interwar communist politics and culture as well as the modern phenomenon of foreign war volunteering.
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