Talk:Non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War

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The relevant section in Wikipedia:BOLDFACE is "If, however, a term is strictly synonymous with the subject of the article, then bold face should be used in place of italics." Combined with the reasons given in my edit summary, I think that is sufficient to justify boldface in this instance. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 08:55, 4 June 2011 (UTC)

Thoughts for improvement[edit]

I'll try to review it for GA properly within a few days. Few early thoughts: 1) more images can be added 2) note 1 should have an English red-link, which would achieve the purpose behind WP:RED and be meaningful to the reader 3) the structure is a bit unclear, mixing structure and history. I'd suggest restructuring around a history section 4) I think that the Agreement and Committee are notable in itself, and should be redlinked instead of bolded. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 00:12, 12 June 2011 (UTC)

  • I couldn't think of any images. There are people mentioned in the article, but I did wonder whether this is that relevant to the international diplomacy they are discussing. (I specifically had a look for pictures of any of them meeting each other, more or less without success - there are one or two German ones, but Hitler features in the, which I thought was rather unnecessary).
I've added the portraits of Chamberlain and Blum; both heavily associated with non-intervention and both one-time leaders of their countries, makes the most sense to pick them out. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 16:43, 12 June 2011 (UTC)
  • "Armindo Monteiro" is red-linked in the main text, I'm not quite sure what you mean.
  • Structure/history: the article in its entirety follows a more or less chronology. (Whilst I can see the subtitle "Control plan" might hint at a non-chronological section, it doesn't. It needed breaking up – it's sort of "This bit of time when they were mostly discussing the control plan".) I'd welcome your further thoughts.
  • This a bit of a special situation. "Non-Intervention Agreement" and "Non-Intervention Committee" redirect to sections on this page, as a stand in for the more extensive articles which haven't been written yet. I think it's too early to spin them off (with "main" links, for example) as they'd end up being mostly duplicates of each other - the two things don't really exist outside the framework. It's convenient, at the moment, to have them both here (whilst they are not reams long). But it is, in essence, the redirects that would be annoying, particularly since most actually relate to non-intervention in general, despite one of the two terms being linked (this page was at "Non-Intervention Committee" before I expanded it). Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 09:39, 12 June 2011 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 17:27, 17 June 2011 (UTC) GA review – see WP:WIAGA for criteria

  1. Is it reasonably well written?
    A. Prose quality:
    B. MoS compliance for lead, layout, words to watch, fiction, and lists: 1) minor issue: ilinks should be added to the first mention; for example in lead the countries (Germany) are linked on their second mention 2) some links can be added, for example Poland and several other countries are not linked in their first mention, that holds true for several other countries there, later, Switzerland... Czechoslovakia is not linked upon the first mention. No link for the first mention of Mediterranean, terms like socialists, communist or liberal...moratorium... Balearic islands... Barletta (ships are notable)... Mussolini... French and British fleets... Malta... 3) "Blum believed..." but he was not mentioned before, and is not linked (other than the caption in lead). Same for "Baldwin's" - I see no mention of him before? 4) "German soldiers in Spain" should probably link to German intervention article 5) Robert Gascoyne-Cecil needs to be disambiguated 6) Non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War links to 1 redirect which points back, please fix it (find it through disambig tools). 6) I see what you meant by the note on Armindo Monteiro, but I think this is not common, and may be against MoS. How about you just stub it and remove the note?
  2. Is it factually accurate and verifiable?
    A. References to sources: I like to see pages directly linked to google books, but this is just my preference, nothing enforceable.
    B. Citation of reliable sources where necessary:
    C. No original research:
  3. Is it broad in its coverage?
    A. Major aspects:
    B. Focused:
  4. Is it neutral?
    Fair representation without bias:
  5. Is it stable?
    No edit wars, etc:
  6. Does it contain images to illustrate the topic?
    A. Images are copyright tagged, and non-free images have fair use rationales:
    B. Images are provided where possible and appropriate, with suitable captions: I'd like to see more images, but I understand the topic may be difficult to illustrate.
  7. Overall: Good job, only minor issues remain.
  8. Disclaimer: I am not a historian, but a sociologist with some interest in the history of Europe; I've contributed to a few SCW wiki articles. I am also a non-native speaker of English, so while the prose sounds right to me, I cannot claim it is brilliant and always sounds right. I have not verified that all material corresponds to the references cited, some are behind pay-walls I have no access to, and I simply don't have several hours to dedicate to checking all the references. Nothing in the article raised a red flag by looking dubious or unreliable, based on my current state of knowledge, to justify more detailed verification. Hence I am assuming good faith and proper referencing standards on the part of the author(s).
  9. Other comments: Please notify me on my talk page when responses are posted here if you want a prompt reply; I'll return the same courtesy (my watchlist can get swamped). Otherwise it may take me several days to get back to see if there are any replies.
    Pass or Fail:
OK, have attempted to follow your suggestions. With the linking sometimes they're hard to spot, so if you do notice anything more shout (I'm sure you would anyway). Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 19:07, 17 June 2011 (UTC)
Almost ready, could you disambig Barletta? May need a proper disambig created per it:Barletta (disambigua), I am not seeing a ship there... --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 22:55, 17 June 2011 (UTC)
Sorted. The link on this page is to a section in another article the ship, until such time as a separate page is warrented. I've also created the disambiguation, although unlike at the Italian Wikipedia, I didn't consider the three named region worthy of inclusion. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 11:30, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

Good job, I am passing the article. Please consider reviewing another article nominee (at WP:GAN), as we have a substantial backlog to go through. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 03:10, 20 June 2011 (UTC)


I have removed two sentences from the lead, for different reasons.

  • A resolution approved at the XXXII Universal Peace Congress noted: "Congress considers that a policy of non-intervention, or of abstention, is shown to be insufficient in principle and in practice dangerous, for it paralyses those states which obey it and becomes advantageous to those which violate it."[ref]
    • Uncontextualised. Often quoted on a single side of the debate but here presented without any additional information. Sticks out to the reader and is overweighted, in so far as we don't discuss it in the article (I wouldn't be opposed to doing that).
  • In effect the policy denied Western arms only to the Republicans because Franco was able to obtain whatever arms he needed from Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy and the British and French Governments appeared determined not to support any Left-wing Spanish Government against European fascism.
    • Some innaccuracies here, mostly as a result of not being able to discuss each side of the argument in such a small space. Franco most certainly did not get "whatever arms he needed" from the Germans or Italians. He got a fraction of it, some late, some different. "British and French Governments appeared determined": the positions of both governments were complicated. In the case of the French, there was considerable assistance to the Republicans. Also, why "Western"? The Soviet Union signed the declaration as well and its position ought to be considered, as it is in the main article. Overall it fails to accurately summarise the article.

Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 16:25, 6 November 2012 (UTC)

if the french provided 'considerable assistance to the Republicans' - i don't see that set out in the lead. it says 'occasionally so'. Spain is in western Europe - why were Western arms denied basically only to the Republicans? - this question is fundamental - the Soviet Union, faraway, 'helped' the Republicans to a lesser extent than Hitler and Mussolini who openly supported their fellow fascist - it was partly the' hypocritical unfairness of 'Non-Intervention' that led to some growing intellectual anti-Fascist protests in the West'(Tosco Fyvel) . Sayerslle (talk) 17:19, 6 November 2012 (UTC)