By Julián Casanova

ISBN-10: 0203022807

ISBN-13: 9780203022801

ISBN-10: 041532095X

ISBN-13: 9780415320955

The Spanish Civil warfare grew to become the atmosphere for the fight among revolution and counter-revolution in addition to being, for plenty of outsiders, where of armed clash among the forces of democracy and fascism. This ebook is a path-breaking synthesis of political, social and cultural heritage in regards to the anarchist revolution in the course of the Spanish Civil conflict via Spain's best historian of the Civil warfare.

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The leaders were the most politically conscious sector. They had achieved a familiarity with the basic principles of the organisation and its doctrinal arguments, and had done this through the reading of books, pamphlets and the press. This qualification, of course, ‘required by the acquisition, or prior possession, of an acceptable level of literacy’.

This was partly a hangover from a paternalistic era which had still not entirely disappeared, but it was also a reflection of the desperate state in which the unemployed and their families found themselves in a society in which there was no unemployment insurance. With the exception of the decree law of 28 May 1931, which allowed for the concession of loans to the National Institute of Social Provision, ‘for the assistance of the unemployed’, there was no advance made in this area during the government of the republican–socialist coalition.

Collective protests and mobilisations swept aside the barriers that had previously contained them. Some of these protests bore the unmistakable stamp of class struggle, in which groups confront each other on the basis of their relationship to the means of production. Others, a considerable number of them, were related to more traditional problems, such as the unresolved question of land use and exploitation. This was a recurring problem in rural Spain, which could lead to anything from robbery to the occupation of estates.

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