Rebecca Karl

Rebecca Karl, associate professor of East Asian studies at New York University, is the author of Mao Zedong and China in the 20th-Century World.

In late 1936, two workers from the Renault car factory in the Paris suburb of Billancourt, Tchang Jaui Sau and Liou Kin Tien, travelled to Albacete to join the International Brigades. Already in their mid-forties, they were rejected for active battlefield service and sent instead to act as stretcher-bearers behind the front lines. Their 14-hour days of back-breaking, often emotionally...

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