Thirty-five thousand people from acrossthe world volunteered to join the armedresistance in a war on fascism. Morepeople, proportionately, went fromScotland than any other country, and theentire nation was gripped by the conflict.What drove so many ordinary Scots tovolunteer for a foreign war?Their stories are powerfully and honestlytold, often in their own words: theordinary men and women who madetheir way to Spain over the Pyreneeswhen the UK government banned anyonefrom going to support either side;the nurses and ambulance personnelwho discovered for themselves thehorrors of modern warfare; and thepeople back home who defied theirpoverty to give generously to theSpanish republican cause.Even in war there are light-heartedmoments: a Scottish volunteer drunkenlyurinating in his general's boots, enduringthe dark comedy of learning to shootwith sticks amidst a scarcity of rifles,or enjoying the surreal experience ofraising a dram with Errol Flynn.They went from all over the country:Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee,Fife and the Highlands, and they foughtto save Scotland, and the world, fromthe growing threat of fascism.
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Daniel Gray graduated with a politics and history degree from Newcastle University where he focussed in particular on foreign intervention in the Spanish Civil War. Daniel has carried out extensive research into Scotland's role in the Spanish Civil War, and lectured throughout Scotland on the topic. He has also written on the topic for Discover magazine and the Scotsman. He is currently employed as a curator in the National Library of Scotland, working on 19th century literary manuscripts contained within the John Murray Archive and lives in Edinburgh.Review:
'Daniel Gray's important and powerful book Homage toCaledonia tells the story of those deeply committedand courageous Scots who volunteered to fight for democracyand socialism against General Franco and his forces.' TONY BENN
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Descripción Luath Press Ltd., Edinburgh, 2008. Red Hardback. Estado de conservación: Very Good Plus. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good Plus. Second Impression. 2008. 223pp, including index, bibliography, archival sources, interviews and printed material quoted. B&W illustrations. "Thirty-five thousand people from across the world volunteered to join the armed resistance in a war on fascism. More people, proportionately, went from Scotland than any other country, and the entire nation was gripped by the conflict. What drove so many ordinary Scots to volunteer for a foreign war?" UNCLIPPED dust jacket in excellent condition. Previous owner's name to ffep. An excellent copy. Size: 9.5" Tall. Nº de ref. de la librería Spain018a
Descripción Hardback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR004286426