Spain
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Spain

This one-time world power had sunk to the level of a second-rate power after the 17th century. During the World War, however, it grew to become the most important neutral state of Europe. Favorably situated geo-strategically – two continents plus two oceans meeting at the Straits of Gibraltar – Spain constituted a veritable island of neutrality, surrounded by the warring states of France with Morocco, England with Gibraltar, and after March 1916 Portugal as well. That caused this land on the Iberian Peninsula to unexpectedly become the object of international interest.

Despite co…

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Albes, Jens, “Spain”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 29 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0559>
First published online: 2015



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