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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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Scots in Spain: Continuity, Change and Politics

Scots in Spain: Continuity, Change and Politics

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Scots and the Spanish Civil War

Fraser Raeburn

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter follows the Scottish volunteers to Spain itself, asking how far it is possible to establish a distinctively Scottish experience of serving in the Spanish Civil War in the absence of a particular Scottish unit in the International Brigades. Despite the lack of a formal collective identity, it is shown that the social and political networks that underpinned recruitment continued to matter in Spain, serving important functions in shaping volunteers’ experiences of everyday life, service and even battle. In particular, such informal connections could be vital in order to successfully understand and navigate the highly-politicised atmosphere of the International Brigades, and to mitigate the consequences of personal failings.

Keywords:   International Brigades, Spain, Foreign fighters, Political culture

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