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Author Stradling, R. A.

Title The Irish and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39 : crusades in conflict / Robert Stradling.

Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  946.0813415 STRA    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 288 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary The outbreak of the Spanish Civil War threw Irish politics, north and south of the border, into turmoil. Tragic events in Spain aroused emotive responses across the spectrum of Irish society. In contrast to most other communities of the British Isles, citizens of the Irish Free State were mainly pro-Franco. But many on the left felt a strong identification with the plight of the Republic. Ireland sent large organized bodies of men to fight on opposite sides in the Spanish Civil War. The International Brigade volunteers were led by the IRA warrior, Frank Ryan. Their rivals were mostly members of the semi-fascist Blueshirts and were commanded by the ex-leader of that movement, General Eoin O'Duffy. In late 1936, two enemy crusades -- Communist and Catholic -- left Ireland to fight it out in Spain. This book tells the fascinating story of what happened to these two sides.
Subject Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Participation, Irish.
ISBN 0719051533 £35.00
1901341135 (paperback) £11.00