Humanitarian Relief in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39)

Author: Pretus, Gabriel
The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) was pivotal in the history of twentieth-century Europe. However, in many regards it is still marginal in mainstream European historiography. In particular, numerous social and humanitarian dimensions of the war remain unstudied. During the war there were significant advances in medical care and in what we would today call "humanitarian intervention". This is one of the first books to study the war from the perspective of its humanitarian intervention. It is unique in its coverage of a very broad range of independent charitable agencies active in both the Republican and Francoist zones.


“With regard to the considerable differences between the Francoist and Republican zones in terms of the conditions in which the humanitarian agencies had to operate, and contrary to evidence deriving from other sources related to the efforts of international agencies to protect prisoners, the author presents a favorable picture of the approach of the military rebels. This is contrasted with a more critical, and arguably polemical, picture of the situation in the Republican zone. There can be no doubt about the impressive research base which makes this book a valuable scholarly addition to the historiography of the Spanish civil war in general and of home front living conditions in the cases of both the Francoist and Republican zones.”
Prof. Helen Graham,
Royal Holloway, University of London

“This work is an original scholarly contribution to the specialist literature on the Spanish Civil War. Indeed, it is a pioneering study in an important but overlooked area of Spanish Civil War studies which also provides a wealth of source information for future research.”
Prof. Francisco J. Romero Salvado,
University of Bristol