A comprehensive and deeply-researched history of the Spanish Civil War through the lens of the men and women who traveled from around the world to fight Franco's fascism.
The Spanish Civil War was the first armed battle in the fight against fascism, and a rallying cry for a generation. Over 35,000 volunteers from fifty-two countries around the world came to defend democracy against the troops of Franco, Hitler, and Mussolini.
Ill-equipped and disorderly, yet fueled by a shared sense of purpose and potential glory, disparate groups of idealistic young men and women banded together to form a volunteer army of a size and kind unseen since the Crusades, known as the International Brigades. These passionate liberal fighters-from across Europe, China, Africa and the Americas-would join the Republican cause, fighting for over two years on the bloody battlegrounds of Madrid, Jarama and Ebro. Were they heroes or fools? Saints or bloodthirsty adventurers? And what exactly did they achieve?
In this magisterial history, award-winning historian Giles Tremlett tells-for the first time-the story of the Spanish Civil War through all the human drama of an historic mission to halt fascist expansion in Europe. The International Brigades shows just how far ordinary people will go to save democracy against overwhelming odds.
About the Author
Giles Tremlett is a contributing editor to the Guardian and Fellow of the Cañada Blanch Centre, London School of Economics. He has lived in and written about Spain for over twenty years, and is the author of Catherine of Aragon, Ghosts of Spain, and Isabella of Castile, winner of the 2018 Elizabeth Longford Prize. He lives in Madrid with his family.
“An invaluable book . . . A country finally facing its past could scarcely hope for a better, or more enamored, chronicler of its present.” —New York Times Book Review on GHOSTS OF SPAIN
“[Tremlett's] affectionate yet critical intimacy with the country helps to make this book much more than an ordinary journalistic survey . . . [with the] sort of insight that vindicates his approach to a deeply traditional and fast-changing land.” —Wall Street Journal on GHOSTS OF SPAIN
“Splendid . . . [Tremlett] writes with the fluency of the novelist . . . His intimate knowledge of Catherine's native country allows him to place her convincingly in her Spanish setting, as the intelligent and well-educated daughter of one of the most impressive of European queens regnant, Isabella of Castile.” —New York Review of Books on CATHERINE OF ARAGON
“Impressively informed and informative, thoroughly 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation . . . an extraordinary and popular addition to community and academic library Historical Biography collections.” —Midwest Book Review on ISABELLA OF CASTILE