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Guerrilla Violence across Borders: The Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War and the European Civil War

March 6, 2017
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Guerrilla Violence across Borders: The Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War and the European Civil War

Historians have long recognized that Soviet military advisors had commanded troops in the Russian Civil War, suggesting that their experience shaped the way they viewed the Spanish situation. Did Soviet advisors introduce military strategies derived from the Russian Civil War—particularly, guerrilla tactics—into the Spanish war?
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Faces of ALBA: Chris Brooks, Volunteer Biographer

March 6, 2017
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<i>Faces of ALBA:</i> Chris Brooks, Volunteer Biographer

Chris Brooks is the driving force behind ALBA’s online biographical database of Lincoln Brigade veterans. His countless hours of research and correspondence have produced a comprehensive and accessible collection that has put a story and a face to thousands of veterans.
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Trump or the Decline of Historical Memory

March 6, 2017
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Trump or the Decline of Historical Memory

Trump’s election creates new challenges for everyone involved in history teaching. What is it like to teach history when the nation’s president appears to chronically ignore factual evidence? What’s the task ahead?
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A Pig Islander among the Mac-Paps

December 3, 2016
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A Pig Islander among the Mac-Paps

As a sergeant in the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, Alex Maclure firmly aligned himself with New Zealand volunteers in the International Brigades. In the above letter, published in the Communist Party of New Zealand’s Workers’ Weekly, he refers to himself as a ‘Pig Islander’, a term then applied to New Zealanders by other nationalities. Yet Alexander...
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Cuban IB veterans in a French Concentration Camp: From the Soviet Archives

December 3, 2016
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Cuban IB veterans in a French Concentration Camp: From the Soviet Archives

The archives of the Communist International in Moscow, now partly available online, hold many small treasures. When we found the news bulletin published by a group of Cuban veterans of the International Brigades who were interned in the French concentration camp of Argelès-sur-Mer, we sent it to Denise Urcelay-Maragnès, who wrote a book on...
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Leo Eloesser: The Remarkable Story of a Medical Volunteer in Spain

December 3, 2016
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Leo Eloesser: The Remarkable Story of a Medical Volunteer in Spain

Among the American medical volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, Dr. Leo Eloesser, a thoracic surgeon affiliated with San Francisco General Hospital, organized a team of west coast doctors and nurses and brought his considerable experience of military medicine to Republican Spain. His extraordinary experience is chronicled in a recent volume written by a...
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The Lincoln Brigade: An Exclusive Excerpt from the New Graphic Novel by Pablo Durá

December 3, 2016
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<em>The Lincoln Brigade:</em> An Exclusive Excerpt from the New Graphic Novel by Pablo Durá

Pablo Durá is the author of The Lincoln Brigade, a new graphic novel based on the life story of Oliver Law, of which we are proud to feature an excerpt in this issue.
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HR COLUMN | Winona LaDuke: What would Sitting Bull Do?

December 3, 2016
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<em>HR COLUMN |</em> Winona LaDuke: What would Sitting Bull Do?

What will Governor Dalrymple sacrifice for the Dakota Access Pipeline? Activist and former Green Party candidate Winona LaDuke reminds us that Standing Rock is only the most recent chapter in a long history of dispossession. “The Lakota people have survived many invasions.”
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Otro 9/11 gris: Una profesora reflexiona

December 3, 2016
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Otro 9/11 gris: Una profesora reflexiona

Como de costumbre, ALBA organizó su taller para profesores de secundaria en Nueva York el día de elecciones. Poco después, una de las participantes nos envió esta sentida reflexión.
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Another Gray 9/11: A Teacher Reflects

December 3, 2016
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Another Gray 9/11: A Teacher Reflects

Sixteen years ago I moved to New York, not as an economic migrant nor as a political exile, but as a student. The years went by and I stayed. I am from the 9/11 generation, I arrived in the city just a couple of months before the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and,...
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