• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why did some men from South Walesfight in the civil war ?

Extracts from this document...


Why did some men from South Wales fight in the civil war ? The Spanish civil war took place in 1936 and onwards, this happened because an important right wing politician was murdered in 1936. There fore this resulted in general Francisco attempting to take over Spain. In total 174 Welsh men volunteered to go and fight in Spain, only 144 returned. I believe the most important reason for why the Welsh men volunteered was because of their left wing beliefs. A fairly important long term reason why men from south Wales decided to go to Spain was because of their political left wing beliefs. Some men believed in communism and wanted to stop fascism in the world. It says (1) "the fight of the Spanish workers against fascism is your fight". This was a long term reason because what the welsh communists felt had been felt for a long time. ...read more.


A short term reason why men volunteered to go to Spain was because of their social reasons. Some of the volunteers lived in large communist families, which had a long tradition. It says (4) "for these families it was a question of family honour". Some men had to join because family members and friends joined. A man called Lewis Jones encouraged a lot of people so groups of friends might have signed up together. Some men went for fun and adventure. It says (5) "if I can shoot rabbits I can shoot fascists". Men like Lewis Jones rallied around Wales to get volunteers; he encouraged a lot of people. I think this is a short term reason because the volunteers might have made the decisions on the 'spur of the moment'. Some might have been thinking 'why did I join' while in Spain. ...read more.


Another quite important reason why men volunteered to go to Spain was because of their religious beliefs. Although most volunteers rejected religion, they had been brought up non-conformist. They believed that the enemy was equal. It says (9) "it had helped to develop a strong social and political conscience." Another reasonably important factor was the enabling factor. For all the volunteers the costs of the trip and transport was all paid by the communist party, there was no need for passports. I believe the most important reason for why the welsh men volunteered was because of their left wing beliefs. I think this was the main reason because that's what people went to fight for, all the volunteers were communists so they hated fascism. If they weren't communists they wouldn't care about Spain. They didn't want fascism to take over Europe like it had taken over Britain. All the other reasons just gave men more incentives and motives to go. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. The Spanish Civil War

    Following his death the only Nationalist generals of distinction were Mola, Franco and de Llano, all the other possible rivals were unavailable, Goded and Calvo Sotelo being dead and Jose Antonio imprisoned General Goded and Calvo Sotelo were dead, Gen.

  2. To what extent was the Civil War the main factor in the Bolshevik

    The Bolsheviks appreciated that this was becoming a potent issue and at the tenth party congress introduced the New Economic Policy (NEP) and abolished war communism and grain requisitioning. The economic impacts this policy had were very positive as private enterprise was returned to industry in 1921 therefore giving people

  1. American History.

    could the colonists justify their opposition to certain acts w/o challenging Parliament's authority over them? *1765: The Stamp Act Crisis* - Initially, when the Stamp Act was passed, the response was pretty underwhelming as well. It seemed hopeless to resist.

  2. Only Yesterday by Frederick Lewis Allen - review

    Sure, public opinion was turning against the consumption of alcohol, but it definitely was not against the sale of alcohol. Many drinkers would agree that a ban on alcohol would benefit them and their children when they become adults, but obviously no distillers would be in agreement with the idea.

  1. Why did the South lose the Civil War?

    The vast area of the Confederacy made occupation by an invader virtually impossible, and the coastline with its many inlets and bays made for difficult blockading. Secondly, most of the US Army's best leaders were Southerners, so, at the start at least, the Confederacy had superior leadership in battle.

  2. ‘In origins andoutcome, the Spanish Civil War was a Spanish and not a European ...

    The anticipation for change produced a strong victory for the coalition of Left Republicans and Socialist in June 1931 elections. The Second Republic faced great tension over the issues of land reform, the power of the church, the army, and regional devolution.

  1. American Civil War (1861-1865).

    After the battle of Gettysburg, General Meade engaged in some cautious and inconclusive operations, at Bealeton, southwest of Warrenton, in August and at Culpeper, before the Mine Run campaign. On November 23-25, Union forces pushed Confederate troops away from Chattanooga. The victory set the stage for General Sherman's Atlanta campaign.

  2. ‘In origins and outcome, the Spanish Civil War was a Spanish and not a ...

    This showed the enormous inequity/inequality? of the land and wealth distribution and one reason for the increasing polarisation of the population, on the one side the working class, peasants and socialists, on the other side the landowners, capitalists, army and church.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work