Brief summary: The Soviet Union was quite enthousiatic about exporting the workers´ revolution at first, but by the time the Spanish War rolled around, they had become more cautious, believing that the SU had to become a workers´ paradise itself before they could turn other countries into proper communist ones. Thus, Stalin did support the Republican side with arms, money and military personnel, but wished to prevent the ´wrong´ kind of leftist regime to win the war. Franco was therefore not his only adversary; just as much energy, if not even more, was spent on ´silencing´ any dissenting opinions within the Republican (e.g. leftist) camp. The anarcho-syndicalists and Trotskyists (Stalin was irrationally fearful of the dissident Trotsky) were especially hard hit. The methods used were rather nasty as well; the NKVD (Soviet secret service) apparently had a crematory where many political opponents met their end for instance.
I think it just further justifies how bad a person Stalin was, but also how astute he was as well. Yeah, we looked at his relationship with Trotsky, and I'm not sure if this is true or not, but when it was time for Lenin's funeral, Stalin gave Trotsky the wrong date of the funeral, so as to make Trotsky look worse off when it came time for the new leader to be appointed. All of it obviously helped because we know what happened. The purges were nasty, indeed.
No, of course you don´t sound like if you are moaning. Just have some compassion, the two of you. Not all of us are done with exams
But can´t you for instance start a book now and continue with it during some spare time while you are in Belgium (say, before going to sleep)?
How many exams do you have left, and when? Good luck with them.
I could do that, but it would distract me. I'm going to Brussels to compete in a chess tournament, so I don't want a long term distraction like a novel until I get back.
Play Football or Tennis?
I would love to, but I can't play sports until the end of February or the start of March because of problems with my arm.