British Women and the Spanish Civil War

TitleBritish Women and the Spanish Civil War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsJackson, Angela
Number of Pages316

Why did young British women risk their lives in medical units during the Spanish Civil War? Why in Spain, when they could find worthy causes closer? The answers to these and other intriguing questions can be found in this book. Through oral and written accounts, Angela Jackson analyzes the interaction between British women and the war in Spain, their motivation, their involvement and the effect that the war had on their lives. These issues are related to other broader issues, such as the nature of memory and the role of women within the public sphere. The commitment of these women far exceeded other examples of women's mobilization in Great Britain in times of peace. This phenomenon can offer lessons to those who wish to encourage a greater degree of interest in women regarding today's political activities.

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