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p. 875. The Republic besiegedlocked

p. 875. The Republic besiegedlocked

  • Helen Graham


As time passed, the Republic had to deal with an increasingly well-equipped enemy supplied with resources from German and Italian factories. The policy of Non-Intervention did not prevent this, or even slow it down. ‘The Republic besieged’ looks at how Franco reaped the advantages of international assistance and how the Republic suffered. Stalin was neither willing nor able to send resources to the Spanish Republic to offer aid. In 1937, Soviet industrial production was in turmoil. There were logistical issues at play here too. The courage and resourcefulness of the Republicans was not enough to save them. As the Civil War raged, deprivation and deteriorating material conditions produced an acute sense of vulnerability, isolation, and danger for the Republicans.

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