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Why would young British women risk their lives by volunteering to serve in medical units during Spain's bitter civil war? Why would so many women here in Britain dedicate their energies to campaigns and committees to help people suffering in Spain when worthy causes could be found closer to hand? The answers to these and other intriguing questions can be found in the life stories of the remarkable women who feature in this book. In Britain, the Spanish Civil War (1936-9) has largely been overshadowed in popular memory by the impact of the Second World War. For the many British men and women who went to Spain during this period, however, and for those who were working here in the widespread campaigns in aid of the Spanish Republic, it was an unforgettable experience. Their lives were changed forever by a conflict that crystallised the key issues at stake in the turbulent society of Europe in the thirties. Through oral and written narratives, this book examines the interaction between women and the war in Spain, their motivation, the distinctive form of their involvement and the effect of the war on their individual lives. These themes are related to wider issues, such as the nature of memory and the role of women within the public sphere. The extent to which women engaged with this cause surpasses by far other instances of female mobilization in peace-time Britain. Such a phenomenon therefore can offer lessons to those who would wish to encourage a greater degree of interest amongst women in political activities today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415277976
ISBN-10: 0415277973
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson, married with two children, became a mature student in her mid-forties. For her, it was to be an experience that justified the claims made for adult education regarding the opening up of new horizons. A first class degree in History at Anglia Polytechnic University led to a PhD at the University of Essex and the writing of this book. Her interest in the subject continues and she is now carrying out further research on remembrance of the war.

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