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The Spanish Civil War at Sea (Hardback)

Dark and Dangerous Waters

Maritime Naval

By Prof Michael Alpert
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Illustrations: 8 black and white illustrations, 3 black and white maps and various tables
ISBN: 9781526764362
Published: 30th June 2021


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The Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 underlined the importance of the sea as the supply route to both General Franco's insurgents and the Spanish Republic. There were attempted blockades by Franco as well as attacks by his Italian and German allies against legitimate neutral, largely British, merchant shipping bound for Spanish Republican ports and challenges to the Royal Navy, which was obliged to maintain a heavy presence in the area. The conflict provoked splits in British public opinion. Events at sea both created and reflected the international tensions of the latter 1930s, when the policy of appeasement of Germany and Italy dissuaded Britain from taking action against those countries’ activities in Spain, except to participate in a largely ineffective naval patrol to try to prevent the supply of war material to both sides. The book is based on original documentary sources in both Britain and Spain and is intended for the general reader as well as students and academics interested in the history of the 1930s, in naval matters and in the Spanish Civil War.

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About Prof Michael Alpert

Emeritus Professor Michael Alpert is a historian of modern Spain and a specialist on the Spanish Civil War. He has published in both English and Spanish. His English-language works include A New International History of the Spanish Civil War (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2nd ed. 2004); The Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2007); Franco and the Condor Legion: The Spanish Civil War in the Air (Bloomsbury 2019), and the present volume: The Spanish Civil War at Sea: Dark and Dangerous Waters.

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