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Desertion: Trust and Mistrust in Civil Wars

Théodore McLauchlin


This book examines the personal and political factors behind soldiers' choices to stay in their unit or abandon their cause. The book explores what might spur widespread desertion in a given group, how some armed groups manage to keep their soldiers fighting over long periods, and how committed soldiers are to their causes and their comrades. To answer these questions, the book focuses on combatants in military units during the Spanish Civil War. The book pushes against the preconception that individual soldiers' motivations are either personal or political, either selfish or ideological. Inst ... More

Keywords: desertion, soldiers, armed group, combatants, military units, Spanish Civil War, fighting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501752940
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752940.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Théodore McLauchlin, author
Université de Montréal