History and Legend: Writing the International Brigades

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University of Wales Press, 2003 - History - 282 pages
"Serving as a major new interpretation of the historical, political, and cultural legacy of the International Brigades, this book dissents from the orthodox interpretation of this period in history. Questioned are the role of artists and intellectuals in the Spanish Civil War, the basis of the Republics claim to spiritual superiority, and the assumptions behind the notion that art and the good cause are necessarily synonymous. Argued is the notion that the civil war can be seen as the climax of the struggle between the claims of culture and art for autonomy and even for supremacy and the demands of political commitment. This conflict is traced through the reactions of figures such as W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, George Orwell, and Benjamin Britten, among others."

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About the author (2003)

Robert Stradling is Emeritus Professor of History at Cardiff University. His many books include Europe and the Decline of Spain: A Study of the Spanish System, 1580-1720 (1981), Philip IV and the Government of Spain 1621-1665 (1998), Cardiff and the Spanish Civil War (1996) and The Irish and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939: Crusades in Conflict (1999). He is also the co-author of The English Musical Renaissance, 1860-1940: Construction and Deconstruction (new ed., 2001) and A Cultural Atlas of Spain and Portugal (1994), as well as the editor of Brother against Brother: Experiences of a British Volunteer in the Spanish Civil War (1998).

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