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A New Historiography of Stalin and the Spanish Civil War: 2000-2020
13 Feb 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm|
London School of Economics and Political Science|
Daniel Kowalsky, one of the principal international experts on the subject, examines the controversial role of the Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War in the light of the opening of Russian archives.
The principal rationalization for the July 1936 generals’ uprising was the alleged Sovietization of the Spanish Republic. Central to the creation of the myth of antebellum Soviet intervention in Spain was a lavishly illustrated, in-depth report produced in Nazi Germany and overseen by Joseph Goebbels. Das Rotbuch über Spanien (1937) was only the shrillest of a steady stream of publications that situated the Spanish Civil War in the context of Soviet and Communist aggression. George Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia (1938) tweaked the formula to assert that the Republic’s fortunes in the war were sabotaged by a reign of Stalinist terror. This paper will explore how, over the past twenty years, a new historiography on the Soviet Union in Spain has allowed scholars to leave behind Goebbel’s insidious lies and Orwell’s equally unfounded thesis.
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