Britain and the Spanish Civil War by Tom Buchanan

I can’t be 100% unbiased when it comes to this book – Britain and the Spanish Civil War by Tom Buchanan. Tom is my tutor, I studied with him for my first year and again for this second year, the module on the Spanish Civil War. I like his style so much that I’ve decided to study the Spanish Civil War as my optional, instead of what I would have preferred before joining the course, just because he was the one teaching it. I’m glad I did pick this one because the subject is incredibly fascinating.

Britain and the Spanish Civil War by Tom Buchanan

After reading a lot of books on the Spanish Civil War, from a Spanish perspective, it was fascinating to see how the Brits saw this conflict. Tom looks at all aspects, from politics to aid, which, for me, was the most interesting chapter. The politics was divided in Britain, with some supporting the Republican government, while others were on Franco’s Nationalist side. He also talks about the religious opinion, which is fascinating too.

His writing style is lovely and mentions some funny things, as it is the story of the NI buckles (Non-Intervention), which were flipped to show IN (for International) in another European conflict, in which Britain sent a small force. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this conflict. Also, I can’t wait to read more of his books.

Britain and the Spanish Civil War by Tom Buchanan

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Cambridge University Press
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Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History – Britain and the Spanish Civil War
Pages: 256

About the author: Tom Buchanan got his BA in History at Wadham College, Oxford, and his DPhil at St Antony’s, Oxford. He is now Professor of Modern British and European History at Kellogg College, Oxford, and course director for the Foundation certificate in History at Oxford, Department for Continuing Education. He is also Director of the International Summer Programme in History, Politics and Society.
Books by Tom Buchanan: Britain and the Spanish Civil War; East Wind: China and the British Left, 1925-1976; The Spanish Civil War and the British Labour Movement; The Impact of the Spanish Civil War on Britain: War, Loss and Memory; Amnesty International and Human Rights Activism in Postwar Britain, 1945-1977; Europe’s Troubled Peace: 1945 to the Present.
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4 thoughts on “Britain and the Spanish Civil War by Tom Buchanan”

  • I think this is a lovely reason to read the book and if the course Tom tutors is something you are both passionate about, then it was probably a good choice to change your course options too!

    I know that I read predominantly fiction books, however I always enjoy reading books set in an area of the country I am familiar with, even though it is good to discover new places too.

    I also enjoy reading books by authors who are local to me, or don’t live too distant, as I feel more of a connection with both them and their stories.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Yvonne xx

    • I am very happy as in the last term I will study again with him. Although I do like my other tutors too, all of them are so passionate about the subjects they teach and very open to discussions. I’m very happy. 🙂

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