The Spanish civil war revived many old questions of international law and created some new ones. Professor Padelford of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy has sought to collect all available information and documents bearing on this struggle and to interpret them and the very tangled diplomacy that they represent -- or conceal. In his effort to be impartial, or scholarly, he occasionally arrives at conclusions which some will call into serious question. Despite its title, this work is not a diplomatic history, for the author is interested in diplomacy only in so far as it concerns questions of law. Over two thirds of the book is devoted to documents and to a "list of instances of interference with foreign shipping."