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Doves of War: Four Women of Spain

by Paul Preston - £12.99  Harper Collins (2003)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780006386940 | ISBN 10: 0006386946

"Four extraordinary women whose personal histories should dispel any illusions that the Spanish Civil War was an all male war .. The book is full of wonderful stories and acute observations. But above all these are compelling human dramas in which moral issues, right & wrong, Fascism and Communism, melt away."
(Sunday Telegraph)
The Aristocrat: Pip Scott-Ellis fell in love with a Spanish prince and set off for Madrid in a chauffeur-driven limousine. She ended up nursing in front-line Francoist hospitals. The Communist: Nan Green, by contrast, travelled to war third class. Leaving her children behind in England, she went to fight for the International Brigade. The Intellectual: Margarita Nelken was an art critic and novelist, who had translated Kafka into Spanish. Denounced as a whore by the Catholic Right, she became a radical politician. The Fascist: After her husband was killed in the fighting and miscarrying on hearing the news, Mercedes Sanz-Bachiller set up a welfare organisation that was to change the face of Spain.

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In booklists: Women's History - 20th Century, The Spanish Civil War, World History - Europe, Women in Europe,
In categories: Feminism & Women, History & Biography, Peace & Human Rights, World - Europe,

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