Comrades and Commissars: The Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War

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Penn State Press, 2007 - 510 páginas
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In the summer of 1936, Generalissimo Francisco Franco led a group of right-wing nationalists in a military attack on the Republican government of Spain&—the start of what would become the Spanish Civil War. Despite U.S. laws banning participation in foreign conflicts, American volunteers began pouring into Barcelona in January 1937. The most famous of these anti-Franco groups was the band of 2,800 American fighters who called themselves the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. In Comrades and Commissars, Cecil D. Eby pushes beyond the bias that has dominated study of the Lincoln Battalion and gets to the very heart of the American experience in Spain.

Controversy has plagued the Lincoln Battalion from the very start. Were these men selfless defenders of liberty or un-American Communists? Eby has long been regarded as one of the few balanced interpreters of their history. His 1969 book, Between the Bullet and the Lie, won accolades for its rigorous and fair treatment of the Battalion. Comrades and Commissars builds upon that earlier study, incorporating a wealth of information collected over intervening decades. New oral histories, previously untranslated memoirs, and newly declassified official documents all lend even greater authority and perspective to Eby&’s account. Most significant is Eby&’s use of Lincoln Battalion archives sequestered in a Moscow storeroom for sixty years. These papers draw renewed focus on some of the most provocative questions surrounding the Battalion, including the extent to which Americans were persecuted&—and even executed&—by the brigade commissariat.

The Americans who served in the Lincoln Battalion were neither mythic figures nor political abstractions. Poorly trained and equipped, they committed themselves to back-to-the-wall defense of the doomed Spanish Republic. In Comrades and Commissars, we at last have the authoritative account of their experiences.

 

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In this sweeping narrative, Eby (English, retired, Univ. of Michigan) provides an almost day-by-day account of that truly distinctive combat unit, the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. Its 2800 American ... Leer reseña completa

Índice

1 Getting There
1
2 Men of La Mancha
28
3 The Yanks Are Coming
46
4 The Jarama Massacre
65
5 WaitingWaiting
91
6 Tourists and Trippers
113
7 The Torrents of Spring
131
8 The Washington Battalion
155
15 Postmortem
347
16 In the Penal Colonies
367
17 The Far Shore
390
18 La Despedida
405
19 Premature AntiFascists and All That
420
Battle Maps
441
Bibliographical EssayBasic Sources
445
Interview Subjects from the XVth Brigade
449

9 Stalemate at Brunete
176
10 The Road to Zaragoza
203
11 Fuentes de Ebro
231
12 Teruel The Big Chill
259
13 Retreat from Belchite
286
14 The Rout at Gandesa
313
Notes
451
Bibliography
477
Index
483
Back Cover
511
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Sobre el autor (2007)

Cecil D. Eby is a retired Professor of English at the University of Michigan. He is the author of eight books, including Hungary at War: Civilians and Soldiers in World War II (Penn State Press, 1998).

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