If Spain were Vietnam these would be its Pentagon papers
Sam Tannenhaus, Vanity Fair, September 2001

Spain Betrayed. The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War (2001)
Ronald Radosh, Mary Habeck, G. N. Sevostianov

The book is based on the documents from several major archives in Moscow, including Soviet materials generated by Soviet commanders serving in Spain or the Moscow high command, and the Spanish Archive, containing 500 files of materials generated by Republican Loyalists and removed to Moscow upon the collapse of the Republic. The latter materials deeply illuminate the course of Soviet intervention in the war. The entire body of documentation for this volume includes Voroshilov’s communications with Stalin, NKVD documents, and captured French, British, German and Italian intelligence and diplomatic documents. The volume reshapes the historiography of the Spanish Civil War, challenging the mythology and setting the record straight on Soviet control over Republican troops, military strategy, the war’s ultimate political objectives, the conclusions drawn in the Soviet high command from the war and their influence on subsequent Soviet military doctrine and force structure. Many documents have been declassified exclusively for the purposes of this volume.

Editors: Ronald Radosh, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Communitarian Policy Studies, the George Washington University, Professor Emeritus of History, City University of New York; Mary Habeck, Assistant Professor in the History Department of Yale University; G. N. Sevostianov, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Principal archive: Russian State Military Archive (RGVA)

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