In the Service of Stalin: The Spanish Communists in Exile, 1939-1945

In the Service of Stalin: The Spanish Communists in Exile, 1939-1945

by David Wingeate Pike, Pike
     
 

This is the epic story of the thousands of communists exiled from Spain after Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War. Disciplined and dedicated to Stalin's cause, they threw themselves again into the struggle against fascism in Europe in the Second World War. In the Service of Stalin is the first full scholarly study of their experiences. Pike examines the

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This is the epic story of the thousands of communists exiled from Spain after Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War. Disciplined and dedicated to Stalin's cause, they threw themselves again into the struggle against fascism in Europe in the Second World War. In the Service of Stalin is the first full scholarly study of their experiences. Pike examines the contribution of the Spanish communists to the French Resistance, and their sufferings in Mauthausen, the Austrian concentration camp to which most who were captured were consigned. He also traces the history of those who went to the Soviet Union, to fight in the Red Army or to languish in slave camps. Pike's unparalleled knowledge of the archives, many previously unexplored, and the information derived from his interviews with survivors combine to make this both an important study which fills a gap in our knowledge of the Second World War and an enthralling, often moving, history of some of its participants.

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"David Wingeate Pike's book is refreshingly different, being a detailed and exhaustive empirical account of Spanish Communists in exile during World War II that is informed by warm human sympathy, combined with scholarly rigor, scrupulous objectivity, and keen analysis."—American Historical Review

"This well-written and well-researched book belongs in all university libraries...An important book which should be read not only by historians of the Great War, but by those looking for a new approach to military history."—The Journal of Military History

"Pike writes with great scholarly care and with considerable sympathy for his subjects....A valuable contribution to unde rstanding Spanish and European history."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198203155
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.42(d)

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