Paradise in Hell: Alcohol and Drugs in the Spanish Civil War

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Paradises in Hell studies the role of alcohol, morphine, cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines in the Spanish Civil War. The book analyzes the moral discourses that were produced around these substances, the policies implemented by civil and military authorities, the consumption by combatants and civilians, and the role they played in the war effort.
From these four perspectives, Paradises in Hell explores the everyday experiences of soldiers and civilians, the physical, psychological and emotional effects of war, the rituals of camaraderie, and the impact that the absence of these substances had on the morale of soldiers and civilians.
Paradises in Hell also pays special attention to the role that these substances played in the development of respectable, tough and cocky masculinities, in the construction of a sense of national community and everyday nationalism, and in the dehumanization of the enemy that legitimized violence.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Wales Press
Publication statusAcceptance date - 12 Oct 2022


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