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Payne Stanley G


The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and communism [[electronic resource] /] / Stanley G. Payne


New Haven, : Yale University Press, c2004





Descrizione fisica

1 online resource (1 online resource (xiv, 400 p.))




Communism - Soviet Union

Communism - Spain

Electronic books.

Soviet Union Relations Spain

Spain History 1868-1931

Spain History Civil War, 1936-1939

Spain History Republic, 1931-1939

Spain Relations Soviet Union

Lingua di pubblicazione



Materiale a stampa

Livello bibliografico


Note generali

Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph

Nota di bibliografia

Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-377) and index.

Nota di contenuto

Soviet policy and the Comintern in the early years, 1917-1925 -- Communism and revolution in Spain, 1917-1931 -- Communism and the Second Republic, 1931-1934 -- From revolutionary insurrection to popular front, 1934-1936 -- Communism and the implosion of the republic, February-July 1936 -- Communism and the Spanish Revolution, July-August 1936 -- The Soviet decision to intervene militarily, July-October 1936 -- Soviet military participation, 1936-1939 -- The policy struggle under the Largo Caballero government, September 1936-May 1937 -- The Negr?in government, 1937-1938 -- Defeat, 1938-1939 -- Conclusion.


In this compelling book Stanley G. Payne offers the first comprehensive narrative of Soviet and Communist intervention in the revolution and civil war in Spain. He documents in unprecedented detail Soviet

strategies, Comintern activities, and the role of the Communist party in Spain from the early 1930's to the end of the civil war in 1939.Drawing on a very broad range of Soviet and Spanish primary sources, including many only recently available, Payne changes our understanding of Soviet and Communist intentions in Spain, of Stalin's decision to intervene in the Spanish war, of the widely accepted characterization of the conflict as the struggle of fascism against democracy, and of the claim that Spain's war constituted the opening round of World War II. The author arrives at a new view of the Spanish Civil War and concludes not only that the Democratic Republic had many undemocratic components but also that the position of the Communist party was by no means counterrevolutionary.