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Ronald Radosh


Senior Research Associate, Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, George Washington University; Co-author, Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union and the Spanish Civil War

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FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS: The Spanish Civil War

with Ronald Radoshvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, March 29, 2000

In 1937, thousands of Americans from all walks of life volunteered to fight in a poorly equipped army overseas, with no support from their own government. What was it about the Spanish Civil War that inspired such idealism and courage? And was the fight to defend the Spanish Republic against General Franco and the powers of international fascism as pure and noble as it seemed to these Americans? We examine the role that Soviet aid and influence, under Stalin's direction, played in supporting or undermining the Republican cause.