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Here's some shameless publicity. A new edition of 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' (amazon.co.uk or amazon.com), the first book from CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, is available now. Enjoy.



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Franco's International Brigades: On the Shelves Now


New Edition from Hurst & Co Published in January 2013



General Franco's International Brigades on the Shelf A new edition of Christopher Othen's first book, 'Franco's International Brigades: Adventurers, Fascists, and Christian Crusaders in the Spanish Civil War' (amazon.co.uk or amazon.com), is now available in the UK. American readers can get their hands on it when the Columbia University of New York edition is published in March 2013.

This ground breaking book, the first full account of the foreign volunteers and conscripts who fought for the right-wing Nationalist rebels in Spain during the 1930s, has been revised, updated, and expanded.

Originally published by Destino of Barcelona in 2007, 'Franco's International Brigades' received a limited edition English language release in 2009 and soon became a hard to find rarity. Now Hurst and Columbia are giving a wider audience the chance to discover it.

"Informed, highly readable and packed with fascinating details, 'Franco's International Brigades' is a key book for understanding the international dimensions of the Spanish Civil War - it wasn't all about romantic young men fighting for the Republic," said Jason Webster, author of '¡Guerra!: Living in the Shadows of the Spanish Civil War'. "Recommended both for newcomers to the subject and for those wishing to extend their knowledge of this most fascinating of periods in recent history."

The new edition adds 10,000 words of additional content, including the personal stories of Italian volunteers, an account of a notorious court case involving the White Russian community in Paris, details of the plot by two Frenchmen to wage biologicial warfare on Nationalist Spain, more on Eoin O'Duffy's Irish Brigade, the first account of Austrian and Filipino volunteers in Franco's forces, and the full story of the Norwegian Nazis who burgled Trotsky's home.

"This a highly readable, engaging work that plugs a major gap in the literature on the Spanish Civil War," said Dr Marko Hoare of Kingston University. "It sets the Nationalist cause in Spain in a wider context of conservative, Catholic and fascist currents in Europe and the world, explaining the importance of the conflict in the thinking and perception of members of such currents."

Buy 'Franco's International Brigades: Adventurers, Fascists, and Christian Crusaders' online.



Reviews


"In 'Franco’s International Brigades', Christopher Othen offers a serious and timely corrective to the historiography of Europe’s last major conflict before the Second World War [...] An engaging book to read." Michigan War Studies Review, 6 January 2014

"This well written book tells the story of the foreign troops who fought on Franco’s side in the Spanish Civil War [...] The book’s tone is generally sober and non-partisan." The Volunteer, 15 September 2013

"Its subtitle says it all – 'Adventurers, Fascists, and Christian Crusaders in the Spanish Civil War'. White Russians, British conservatives, Romanian fascists and countless individuals looking for the thrills of combat were among them. Christopher Othen uncovers their history in a highly readable, often entertaining manner." - The Budapest Times, 3 March 2013

"Othen is a clear and thoughtful guide to this odd aspect of the war and commendably avoids editorialising." - The Tablet, 5 January 2013

"All in all a worthwhile and fascinating account of what went on behind Franco’s lines." - Ron Innis, Books4Spain.com

"An entertaining read which draws on many hitherto unexplored books, newspaper articles and personal sources, Franco's International Brigades offers an intriguing insight into a ragbag of extreme right-wingers, adventurers and misfits." - Michael Alpert, author of A New International History of the Spanish Civil War

"Informed, highly readable and packed with fascinating details, Franco's International Brigades is a key book for understanding the international dimensions of the Spanish Civil War." - Jason Webster, author of ¡Guerra!: Living in the Shadows of the Spanish Civil War

"A fascinating account of a little-known subject. Othen shrewdly puts together biographies, memoirs and studies about Franco's foreign fighters: from Moorish, Nazi and Fascist troops to the extremely diverse group of foreign volunteers anxious to battle communism." - Joan Maria Thomàs, Professor of History at the University Rovira-Virgili and member of the Real Academia de la Historia

"A highly readable, engaging work that plugs a major gap in the literature on the Spanish Civil War." - Dr Marko Hoare, Kingston University

"Christopher Othen provides an accessible introduction into this neglected aspect of the Spanish Civil War" - The Irish Times, Book of the Day



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