Miners Against Fascism

Wales and the Spanish Civil War

Hywel Francis

978-93-50023-58-7

Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2015

318 pages

Price INR 425.00
Book Club Price INR 319.00
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Welsh miners made up one of the largest contingents within the British Battalion of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. Coming from the valleys all across South Wales, they brought with them a political tradition unique in Britain in its combination of trade union militancy, radical extra-parliamentary activity and internationalism. Hywel Francis draws on a wide variety of contemporary sources to paint a vivid picture of the tumultuous politics of South Wales in the 1920s and 1930s – the context for the decision made by so many to volunteer. The book describes the process of volunteering, the militant role played by the Welsh volunteers, and the mass movements of political solidarity with Spain within Wales. It also includes many illustrations and reproduces letters written by volunteers to their relatives and friends back in Wales. This updated 2012 edition includes a new preface and a newly compiled complete list of all Welsh volunteers.

Hywel Francis

Hywel Francis was Labour MP for Aberavon from 2001 to 2015. An expert on South Wales labour movement history, and former Professor of Continuing Education at Swansea University, he was the founder of the South Wales Miners' Library and co-author of The Fed, the definitive history of the South Wales miners. He is also author of History on our Side: Wales and the 1984/5 Miners' strike and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.