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Kiwi Companeros: New Zealand and the Spanish…

Kiwi Companeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War

by Mark Derby, Peter Clayworth (Contributor), Rosamunda Droescher (Contributor), Lawrence Jones (Contributor), Judith Keene (Contributor)9 more, Malcolm McKinnon (Contributor), James McNeish (Contributor), Michael O'Shaughnessy (Contributor), Dean Parker (Contributor), Nicholas Reid (Contributor), Anna Rogers (Contributor), John Shennan (Contributor), Susan Skudder (Contributor), Kerry Taylor (Contributor)

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A useful addition to the canon of the Spanish Civil War. A collection of individual mini biographies of the Republican, and two Nationalist, volunteers from New Zealand. The book is in three main sections - combatants, non-combatants (mainly medical staff) and a final section of essays on the political and social effect on the home front.
This is a well bound (sewn sections) paperback, printed on good quality paper. Other University Presses should take a lesson from this product. ( )
  JenIanB | Mar 19, 2010 |
Seventy years after Franco’s triumph, the Spanish Civil War continues to fascinate some of us. The launch parties held in New Zealand’s major centres for Mark Derby’s Kiwi Compañeros have attracted enthusiastic and diverse audiences. Elderly men and women who read about the Battle of Jarama and the fall of Madrid in the newspapers have mingled with those who were not even born when Franco died. But if the conflict in Spain fascinates younger generations, it does so for reasons that the volunteers of 1937 would struggle to understand. In an era characterised, in the West at least, by political apathy and the absence of any apparent alternative to the economic and social status quo, the conflict in Spain seems like a remarkable historical oddity. Contemporary pessimism about the whole notion of human progress contrasts dramatically with the excited idealism of the volunteers Auden celebrated. The cynical, shifting justifications for recent wars in the Middle East seem light years from the passionate ideological justifications for the war in Spain. The great struggle in Spain fascinated Auden and millions of other non-Spaniards because it seemed so urgently relevant to their circumstances; today, the conflict fascinates some of us precisely because of its distance from our experiences....

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This book is the first-ever account of New Zealand's role in the Spanish civil war of 1936-39, a war that became a ruthless rehearsal for World War Two. Volunteers from more than 50 countries arrived in Spain to take sides. This book records the actions of New Zealanders involved, including those who worked for the Spanish cause at home by raising funds, lobbying politicians, writing poems and spreading propaganda. Kiwi compañeros includes contributions from some of New Zealand?s leading writers and historians. It draws on personal letters, recently released military documents and previously unpublished photographs to tell an all-but-forgotten story
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