The Great War and Its Legacy: Spain from the Great War to the Spanish Civil War
From Roxanne Gray
On August 7, 1914, the government of King Alfonso XIII of Spain proclaimed: “Existing, unfortunately, a state of war between Austria, Hungary and Serbia, the Government of His Majesty believes its duty to command the strictest neutrality to Spanish subjects”. The country remained officially neutral for the whole duration of the Great War. However, Spain’s position has been called a “false neutrality,” and it is at least a nuanced one. This talk will explore Spain’s diplomatic and strategic role during the Great War and the effects that neutrality had on Spanish culture from 1914 to 1936, the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. For more information on the Great War & Its Legacy and upcoming Great War discussions visit, https://info.library.okstate.edu/greatwar.