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The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism$
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Stanley G. Payne

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100686

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100686.001.0001

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The Soviet Decision to Intervene Militarily July–October 1936

The Soviet Decision to Intervene Militarily July–October 1936

(p.124) Chapter Seven The Soviet Decision to Intervene Militarily July–October 1936
The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism

StanLey G. Payne

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the greater concern Moscow felt at the beginning of the war, as compared to that felt in Berlin or Rome. Moscow had a good deal of political capital invested in Spain, not merely in the PCE but as one of the two bastions of the Popular Front. Additionally, a much more radicalized situation offered the USSR a greater long-term opportunity in Spain than in France. The USSR was the only power that had been intervening systematically in Spanish affairs before the beginning of the Civil War, operating its own political party within the country and at long last achieving some success. By comparison, Nazi Germany limited itself to small-scale propaganda funding, and Fascist Italy, while engaging in more extensive cultural and propaganda activity, otherwise did no more than pay a small subsidy to the Falangist party.

Keywords:   Moscow, Berlin, Rome, political capital, Civil War, Nazi Germany, propaganda funding, Fascist Italy, Falangist party

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