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"Freedom, faction, fame and blood" : British soldiers of conscience in Greece, Spain and Finland /
Elizabeth Roberts.
imprint
Brighton ; Portland, Or. : Sussex Academic Press, 2010.
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ix, 284 p. :
ISBN
9781845193188 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
Brighton ; Portland, Or. : Sussex Academic Press, 2010.
isbn
9781845193188 (hardback : alk. paper)
contents note
Shelley's ghost: British Philhellenes and the Greek War of Independence -- Ways of feeling: Lord Byron and Edward Trelawny in Greece -- Perseverance: Captain Hastings goes to war -- Two loyalties: the British battalion and the communist party in the Spanish Civil War -- Object lessons: unorthodoxy, dissent and revolution in Spain -- The surfaces of things: the politics of appearance in the Spanish Civil War -- The Spanish precedent: British intervention in the Russo-Finnish war -- Our hush-hush committee: the Finnish Aid Bureau and the volunteers -- A fine body of blackguards: the contingent, stranded.
catalogue key
7167863
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Elizabeth Roberts holds a PhD in history from the University of Sydney. Her current research is on the history of desertion.
Reviews
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"Elizabeth Roberts' wide-ranging and methodologically challenging study forcibly argues that voluntary participation in war cannot be accounted for in political and military terms alone but that it also needs to be understood in its cultural, social and discursive dimensions. Freedom, Faction, Fame and Blood thereby presents not only a complex, many-sided portrait of 'soldiers of conscience,' but also takes the illuminating and highly unusual step of placing the Spanish Civil War within a transnational setting." Richard Baxell, Journal of Contemporary History
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Under the rubric from Lord Byron, this book offers a unique comparison of three sets of British volunteers who left their homes to fight in the Greek War of Independence, the Spanish Civil War and the Russo-Finnish War.
Main Description
Under the rubric from Lord Byron, this book offers a unique comparison of three sets of British volunteers who left their homes to fight in the Greek War of Independence, the Spanish Civil War and the Russo-Finnish War. From Lord Byron's journey to Greece
Main Description
Under the rubric from Lord Byron, this book offers a unique comparison of three sets of British volunteers who left their homes to fight in the Greek War of Independence, the Spanish Civil War, and the Russo-Finnish War. From Lord Byron's journey to Greece, to the legendary International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War, and the strange sojourn of a contingent of British misfits during a bitter Finnish winter, the book examines the passions, ideals, and ideologies that motivated these individuals to take up arms. It looks at their experiences of warfare, the rhetorical and discursive cultures they encountered in the volunteer contingents, and the problems they faced whenand ifthey returned home. The author traces the political consequences of the volunteers' participation in these foreign wars in the context of the evolving concept of neutrality in foreign relations and challenges to the state's control over the use of violence. Of the three wars, it was the Spanish Civil War that most caught the public imagination and generated the most controversy. The volunteers' defiance of the British state; the ideological, social and cultural imperatives that sent them to Spain; and the nature of the war in which they fought, give rise to a number of issues explored in this work, including the imposition of Communist Party discipline on the British Battalion in the International Brigades; the fate of the British volunteers who sided with the Spanish revolutionaries and the dissident Left; and the ways in which volunteers sought to "perform" war and revolution in an ideological environment. In considering these themes, this book establishes the "soldier of conscience" as a discrete category of historical actor, in Spain and elsewhere.
Main Description
Under the rubric from Lord Byron, this book offers a unique comparison of three sets of British volunteers who left their homes to fight in the Greek War of Independence, the Spanish Civil War, and the Russo-Finnish War. From Lord Byron's journey to Greece, to the legendary International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War, to the strange sojourn of a contingent of British misfits during a bitter Finnish winter, author Elizabeth Roberts examines the passions, ideals, and ideologies that motivated these individuals to take up arms, as well as their experiences of warfare, the rhetorical and discursive cultures they encountered in the volunteer contingents, and the problems they faced when - and if - they returned home. Freedom, Faction, Fame, and Blood traces the political consequences of the volunteers' participation in these foreign wars in the context of the evolving concept of 'neutrality' in foreign relations and challenges to the state's control over the use of violence. Of the three wars, it was the Spanish Civil War that most caught the public imagination and generated the most controversy. The volunteers' defiance of the British state; the ideological, social, and cultural imperatives that sent them to Spain; and the nature of the war in which they fought give rise to a number of issues explored in this work, including: the imposition of Communist Party discipline on the British Battalion in the International Brigades, the fate of the British volunteers who sided with the Spanish revolutionaries and the dissident Left, and the ways in which volunteers sought to 'perform' war and revolution in an ideological environment. In considering these themes, Freedom, Faction, Fame, and Blood establishes the 'soldier of conscience' as a discrete category of historical actor, in Spain and elsewhere.
Main Description
Under the rubric from Lord Byron, this book offers a unique comparison of three sets of British volunteers who left their homes to fight in the Greek War of Independence, the Spanish Civil War and the Russo-Finnish War. From Lord Byron's journey to Greece, to the legendary International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War, to the strange sojourn of a contingent of British misfits during a bitter Finnish winter, Elizabeth Roberts examines the passions, ideals and ideologies that motivated these individuals to take up arms, as well as their experiences of warfare, the rhetorical and discursive cultures they encountered in the volunteer contingents, and the problems they faced when -- and if -- they returned home. The author traces the political consequences of the volunteers' participation in these foreign wars in the context of the evolving concept of 'neutrality' in foreign relations and challenges to the state's control over the use of violence. Of the three wars, it was the Spanish Civil War that most caught the public imagination and generated the most controversy. The volunteers' defiance of the British state, the ideological, social and cultural imperatives that sent them to Spain, and the nature of the war in which they fought, give rise to a number of issues explored in this work, including the imposition of Communist Party discipline on the British Battalion in the International Brigades; the fate of the British volunteers who sided with the Spanish revolutionaries and the dissident Left; and the ways in which volunteers sought to 'perform' war and revolution in an ideological environment. In considering these themes, Freedom, Faction, Fame, and Blood establishes the 'soldier of conscience' as a discrete category of historical actor, in Spain and elsewhere.
Main Description
Under the rubric from Lord Byron, this book offers a unique comparison of three sets of British volunteers who left their homes to fight in the Greek War of Independence, the Spanish Civil War and the Russo-Finnish War. From Lord Byron's journey to Greece, to the legendary International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War, to the strange sojourn of a contingent of British misfits during a bitter Finnish winter, Elizabeth Roberts examines the passions, ideals and ideologies that motivated these individuals to take up arms, as well as their experiences of warfare, the rhetorical and discursive cultures they encountered in the volunteer contingents, and the problems they faced when -- and if -- they returned home. The author traces the political consequences of the volunteers' participation in these foreign wars in the context of the evolving concept of 'neutrality' in foreign relations and challenges to the state's control over the use of violence. Of the three wars, it was the Spanish Civil War that most caught the public imagination and generated the most controversy. The volunteers' defiance of the British state, the ideological, social and cultural imperatives that sent them to Spain, and the nature of the war in which they fought, give rise to a number of issues explored in this work, including the imposition of Communist Party discipline on the British Battalion in the International Brigades; the fate of the British volunteers who sided with the Spanish revolutionaries and the dissident Left; the manner of dress ('the politics of appearance') of those involved; and the ways in which volunteers sought to 'perform' war and revolution in an ideological environment. In considering these themes, the book establishes the 'soldier of conscience' as a discrete category of historical actor, in Spain and elsewhere.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgementsp. viii
List of Mapsp. ix
Introduction: Soldiers of Consciencep. 1
Shelley's Ghost: British Philhellenes and the Greek War of Independencep. 14
Ways of Feeling: Lord Byron and Edward Trelawny in Greecep. 39
Perseverance: Captain Hastings Goes to Warp. 61
Two Loyalties: The British Battalion and Communist Party in the Spanish Civil Warp. 86
Object Lessons: Unorthodoxy, Dissent and Revolution in Spainp. 113
The Surfaces of Things: The Politics of Appearance in the Spanish Civil Warp. 133
The Spanish Precedent: British Intervention in the Russo-Finnish Warp. 148
Our Hush-Hush Committee: The Finnish Aid Bureau and the Volunteersp. 163
A Fine Body of Blackguards: The Contingent, Strandedp. 180
Epiloguep. 200
Notesp. 204
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 271
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