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It would be also interesting to know if there has been some interesting recent studies in different countries about their relationship to SCW and what members have personally studied (to make contribution to this forum). What was your first book and what made you to interest in SCW? In my case the first book was the Catalonia, Catalonia by George Orwell and finding out that quite a few Finnish men (maybe not so many in absolute numbers, but Finland was and is a small country!) travelled to the other side of Europe to participate in the civil war of foreign country. Perhaps not the best possible comparison, but the history seems to repeat itself: in our days there is a continuing flow of foreign fighters going to fight for and also against the ill-famed ISIS in Syria/Iraq (even few Finns are now there as foreign fighters). But in the SCW the number of foreign fighters was of its own class: AFAIK, bigger than in any other civil war during the history. It was a international "holy war" for those wanted to stop the Fascist Beast or the Red Beast. And with the usual share of those seeking an adventure or a possibility to make some profit. And SCW was a "test laboratory" or "case study" of modern weapons and tactics to be studied by foreign military professionals.
Here in Finland there seems to be continuing interest for the SCW by some historians and during this very spring a new book was published focusing on the comparative analysis (the analogies and differences) of the Finnish Civil War 1918 and the SCW - also one state TV canal showed quite recently a program based on the memories of one Finnish IB volunteer. Probably something more will come by the anniversary date...
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