Between 1936 and 1939, almost 1, 700 Canadians defied their government and volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War. They left behind punishing lives in relief camps, mines, and urban flophouses to confront fascism in a country few knew much about. Micheal Petrou has drawn on recently declassified archival material, interviewed veterans, and visited the battlefields of Spain to write the definitive account of Canadians in the Spanish Civil War. It reveals who these men and women were, why they volunteered, how they lived and died, and how the Canadian government reacted to their decision to join another’s country’s war illegally. Renegades is an unflinching, intimate story of idealism and courage, duplicity and defeat.