Spain and Argentina in the First World War
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This is the first book that analyzes the transnational impact of the Great War simultaneously on two countries, Spain and Argentina, that remained neutral throughout the conflict. Both countries were very relevant in the conception of propaganda and policies of belligerent countries such as France, Germany and Great Britain and showed that the conflict had a global influence and affected deeply local political and cultural processes, even in areas geographically distant from the trenches.
Within this framework, this book is focused on three aspects that are analyzed dynamically throughout the whole war from a transnational perspective: neutrality as a space of dispute between pro-Allies and pro-German sectors and its relation with local politics, the debate about what positions should be assumed in order to guarantee a world without war, and the polemics on the ideas of nations and supra-nations (Hispanism, Latinism, Panamericanism). The conclusions of the book highlight that the radicalization that exploded in 1917 in both countries was fundamental in shaping the political radicalization of the last months of the conflict and the postwar period. As happened in Europe, the Great War did not finish in 1918 and its traces continued in the 1920s and 1930s.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Neutralities and Transnational History
2. Spain and Argentina Before 1914
3. The Outbreak of the War and the Question of Neutrality
4. The War Enters Both Countries
5. 1917, the Year of Ruptures
6. The End of the War: Towards a New World?
7. Epilogue: The Traces of the War
Maximiliano Fuentes Codera is Associate Professor at the Universitat de Girona.