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Italian Intervention in the Spanish Civil War

Italian Intervention in the Spanish Civil War
By John F. Coverdale
455 pp, Princeton University Press, 1976
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A judicious, well-written study of a controversial subject, based largely on materials in Italian and Spanish archives. The author argues that Italy's intervention was motivated less by ideological affinities or domestic pressures than by traditional foreign policy considerations, and he concludes that intervention was an "essential element" in Franco's victory.