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Scots and the Spanish Civil WarSolidarity, Activism and Humanitarianism$
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Fraser Raeburn

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474459471

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474459471.001.0001

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Scotland in the 1930s

Scotland in the 1930s

(p.20) 1 Scotland in the 1930s
Scots and the Spanish Civil War

Fraser Raeburn

Edinburgh University Press

Scotland suffered acutely from the economic and political crises of the interwar period, with industrial decline, mass unemployment and cultural uncertainty in evidence by the early 1920s. This chapter explores the consequences of this economic and social dislocation for Scottish politics in the lead up the late 1930s. Particular emphasis is given to left-wing politics and anti-unemployment activism, suggesting that the roots of a distinctively Scottish response to the Spanish Civil War lay in older radical political cultures that had survived and evolved into the interwar era.

Keywords:   Unemployment, Communist Party of Great Britain, Independent Labour Party, National Unemployed Workers Movement, Political culture, Interwar

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