Reluctant Warriors: Republican Popular Army and Nationalist Army Conscripts in the Spanish Civil…

Hardcover | August 12, 2012

byJames Matthews

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Reluctant Warriors challenges traditional political interpretations of the Spanish Civil War, and sets it in a new and immediately human light. It is a comparative study of Nationalist Army and Republican Popular Army conscripts, and analyses the conflict from the perspective of those who wereinvolved against their will. While militants on both sides joined the conflict voluntarily, millions of Spanish men coped with the military uprising as an unwanted intrusion into their lives.James Matthews firstly examines the climate in which both sides implemented mass conscription within their zones. He analyses the process of conscription from call-up to placement in a unit, and looks at the methods employed to motivate and maintain the morale of drafted men, as well as theapproaches to discipline in the two armies. Finally, he examines situations in which men avoided front line service. These accounted for constant manpower losses on both sides, and were particularly marked for the Republic.Reluctant Warriors reveals that the Nationalist Army managed its conscripted men better than the Republican Popular Army; a vital factor in determining the ultimate outcome of the war.

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Reluctant Warriors challenges traditional political interpretations of the Spanish Civil War, and sets it in a new and immediately human light. It is a comparative study of Nationalist Army and Republican Popular Army conscripts, and analyses the conflict from the perspective of those who wereinvolved against their will. While militant...

James Matthews is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA, and received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2008. His research interests lie at the intersection of social and military history in twentieth-century Europe. He was born in Lisbon and grew up between Spain and Portugal. His next research pro...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:August 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019965574X

ISBN - 13:9780199655748

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Militarisation and Wartime Conscription2. Mechanisms of Conscription3. Mobilising Myths and Conscript Soldiers4. Daily Life in the Trenches: Morale and Mundane Needs5. Discipline and Loss of Morale6. Escaping the Front: Desertion, Dissembling, and DefectionConclusionBibliographyIndex