Not for King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War

Not for King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War[PDF / Epub] ★ Not for King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War Author Tyler Wentzell – Bluevapours.co.uk Not for King or Country tells the story of Edward Cecil Smith, a dynamic propagandist for the Communist Party of Canada during the Great Depression Born to missionary parents in China in , Cecil Smith Not for King or King or PDF ↠ Country tells the story of Edward Cecil Smith, a dynamic propagandist for the Communist Party of Canada during the Great Depression Born to missionary parents in China in , Cecil Smith came to Toronto inwhere he joined the Canadian militia and lived a happy life ensconced in the Protestant missionary community Not for PDF/EPUB ² of Toronto He became increasingly interested in radical politics during the s, eventually joining the Communist Party inWorried by the growing strength of fascism around the world, particularly in China, Germany, Italy, and Spain during the summer of , Cecil Smith quietly departed Canada and became among the first volunteers to fight for the Republic in for King or PDF ↠ the Spanish Civil War Cecil Smith was motivated to fight not out of any sense of traditional patriotism for king or country but out of a sense that the onward march of fascism had to be stopped, and Spain was where the line had to be drawnNot for King or Country is the first biography of a Canadian commander in the Spanish Civil War, and is also the first book to critically analyse the major battles in which the Canadian and American volunteers fought Drawing upon declassified RCMP files, records held in the Russian Archives in Moscow, audio recordings of the volunteers, a detailed survey of maps, and battle records, as well as the Communist Party press, Not for King or Country breaks down the battles and the Party s activities in a way that will be accessible to interested readers and scholars alike.

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Not for King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist
    Not for King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist a Canadian commander in the Spanish Civil War, and is also the first book to critically analyse the major battles in which the Canadian and American volunteers fought Drawing upon declassified RCMP files, records held in the Russian Archives in Moscow, audio recordings of the volunteers, a detailed survey of maps, and battle records, as well as the Communist Party press, Not for King or Country breaks down the battles and the Party s activities in a way that will be accessible to interested readers and scholars alike."/>
  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Not for King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War
  • Tyler Wentzell
  • 09 June 2019
  • 1487522886

4 thoughts on “Not for King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War

  1. Janette Higgins says:

    A Rival for Norman Bethune Edward Cecil Smith was commander of Canada s Mackenzie Papineau Battalion in the Spanish Civil War 1936 39 Other than his battle reports, that s about all we have known Oh, other than the gossipy bit about him deserting his troops It s bare bones, one dimensional and, some would say, unjust Tyler Wentzell s biography, Not for King or Country Edward Cecil Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War, puts flesh on those bones, lays the gossip t A Rival for Norman Bethune Edward Cecil Smith was commander of Canada s Mackenzie Papineau Battalion in the Spanish Civil War 1936 39 Other than his battle reports, that s about all we have known Oh, other than the gossipy bit about him deserting his troops It s bare bones, one dimensional and, some would say, unjust Tyler Wentzell s biography, Not for King or Country Edward Cecil Smith, the Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War, puts flesh on those bones, lays the gossip to rest with facts leaving it for the reader to decide , and fills a void in the history of Canadians known as Mac Paps who volunteered to fight in Spain s civil war.Wentzell thought it important to approach Cecil Smith s biography with, as he puts it, political agnosticism and detached historical sensibility What emerges is the absorbing story of a man who was both a Christian and a communist Cecil Smith s religious convictions came from the social gospel, influenced by his missionary parents where he grew up in China The reconciliation of the two ideologies wasn t easy, but after observing the negative effects of capitalism on society, Cecil Smith came to the view that Jesus was a communist, and joined the Communist Party of Canada That mix of Christianity and communism gave Cecil Smith a degree of independence, and he was at odds with the partythan once.Wentzell brings out Cecil Smith s role in the Communist Party of Canada leading up to, during, and after the Spanish Civil War It s a unique angle on 1930s communism in Canada We learn that Cecil Smith, a journalist and intellectual, saw the arts as a way to attract members of the working class to the communist party In the early 1930s, he and like minded others, established the Progressive Arts Club which included writers, poets, artists, and scholars Amongst his accomplishments, Cecil Smith wrote a play called Eight Men Speak, based on the imprisonment of Canadian communist, Tim Buck, and seven other leaders of the Communist Party of Canada It was staged one night only in Toronto before it was shut down by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police but 1500 people saw it that one night Cecil Smith was also lead writer on a book about the Mac Paps planned for 1939, but it was never finished It wasn t until the mid 1960s that their story began to emerge when Mac Reynolds interviewed and audio recorded thirty five surviving veterans of the Spanish Civil War, leading to the first book about the Mackenzie Papineau Battalion in 1969 That book, based largely on Reynolds interviews, was written by Victor Hoar Edward Cecil Smith was not amongst those interviewed because, by 1963, at age sixty, he was dead of a stroke And the reason Cecil Smith never finished the book he started in 1939 Hoar said it was because the Second World War interrupted those plans and that s been the story ever since But among Wentzell s primary sources is a note written by Spanish Civil War veteran, Jim Higgins, that reveals why the book planned for 1939 was never written Hint it had nothing to do with the start of the war We learn there were fewer than fifty Canadians in Spain when Cecil Smith reported for duty on March 7, 1937 Manysoon arrived the final count was close to 1700 , and by late November, Cecil Smith was appointed commander of the recently formed Mackenzie Papineau Battalion.Wentzell has drawn on extensive primary and secondary sources, adding new details to the military history of the Spanish Civil War, especially officer training, the relationship between Americans and Canadians, and the battles of Brunete, Teruel, the Aragon Retreats and the Ebro Offensive.In a roundabout way, Wentzell addresses why Cecil Smith has languished in the shadows, while Norman Bethune, the Canadian best known for bringing mobile blood transfusion units to Spain s front lines, is revered around the world In fact, Bethune and Cecil Smith were friends, both were creative, unconventional and idealistic, and both were influential members of the Communist Party of Canada And both, it seems, vied for the affections of Lillian Gouge, the accomplished wife of Cecil Smith Edward Cecil Smith deserves to emerge from those shadows and take his place in Canadian history and, indeed, in the pantheon of officers in the Spanish Civil War Tyler Wentzell s engaging book does the job remarkably well It will appeal as much to historians demanding rigourous scholarship as it will to lay people looking for a great story.Disclosure I purchased the book at full price from a bricks and mortar bookstore but the reader should know I met Tyler Wentzell while working on Spanish Civil War veteran, Jim Higgins s, autobiography biography, Fighting for Democracy, to be published mid 2020 In Wentzell s notes, it is referred to by its working title, The Softest Rock

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