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The Spanish Civil WarRevolution and Counterrevolution$
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Burnett Bolloten

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469624464

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624464.001.0001

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Spain in the Web of the East-West Diplomatic Conflict

Spain in the Web of the East-West Diplomatic Conflict

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The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter contextualizes the Spanish Civil War on the international arena, especially in terms of the tensions arising from the conflicting foreign policies of Britain, France, and Russia. Fears of a war in Western Europe, first sparked by Hitler's remilitarization of the Rhineland in March 1936, were heightened by the outbreak of the Spanish conflict in July. Moreover, fears of a general European conflict, from which it was felt that Russia alone would benefit, increased steadily during the Civil War and reached a peak during the crisis over Czechoslovakia. In the midst of these, Russia had seen the benefit of the continued recognition of the Spanish government as the legally constituted authority, on the grounds that it might discourage the ongoing code of neutrality upheld by Britain and France, especially in light of potential Nazi designs against the Soviet Union.

Keywords:   international law, remilitarization, Adolf Hitler, Germany, France, Britain, Russia, Czechoslovakia, foreign policy

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