For foreign fighters, connections with the ‘home front’ could pose particular problems. Not only was separation from loved ones and home a source of anxiety, communication and movement between Scotland and Spain made particularly difficult by the circumstances of civil war. Managing these connections proved to be an unexpectedly complex and challenging for the communist leaders of the British contingent in Spain, who were forced to balance their domestic political position at home with the necessity of contributing effectively to the Republican war effort in Spain. In particular, casualties suffered in battle raised the crucial question of how the families of dead and wounded volunteers were to be supported. Not only did this lead to a distinctive fundraising campaign in Britain, it is argued that the contours of this highly-politicised campaign can shed light on the different ways in which pro-Republican activism was shaped across Scotland and Britain.
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