The Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI) has digitized much of the Comintern’s materials on the International Brigades (fond 545). The site is most easily navigated if you can read Russian, but there is some English translation, and the archives are in many languages.
Thanks, Anne, for putting this group together. My book International Communism and the Spanish Civil War was published by Cambridge in 2015. It explores the personal and political lives of international communists, centering on the SCW as a key moment in the history of communism and communist life histories.
Soviet accounts written in the decade after the execution of Tsar Nicholas II and the Russian imperial family in July 1918 struck an uneasy balance between the impetus to enshrine the regicide as a great moment in the Bolshevik revolution and to dismiss it as the routine shooting of bandits. By 1928, the regicide had largely vanished from Soviet…[Read more]
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