Barcelona

Sisterly solidarity - Pepita Carpena

Members of Mujeres Libres

Account by Pepita Carpena of the Spanish anarchist Mujeres Libres (Free Women) on how comrades helped her flee Spain after the victory of Franco's forces in 1939.

The Expropriated Bank of Gràcia: One More Step Forward in the Strategy of Tension – Argelaga

A report from Barcelona (published May 24, 2016) on the eviction of squatters from an expropriated former bank that was being used as a libertarian social center, the role of the City Government led by the former indignado, now Mayor, Ada Colau, in the affair, the resistance mounted by the social center’s supporters, and the political implications of the fact that Colau’s party, Barcelona en Comú (“Barcelona in Common”), despite her reassurances to the contrary, has now become a responsible party to repression and is providing a fig-leaf for a slowly intensifying “strategy of tension” that heralds further authoritarian developments for Spain.

The tragic week, Spain 1909 - Murray Bookchin

General strike, Barcelona, 1909

Murray Bookchin's history of the "tragic week": a spontaneous workers' uprising in Catalonia, Spain, which was isolated and crushed by the government, leaving hundreds dead.

Saperas, Francesca (1851-1933)

Francesca Saperas

A short biography of the Spanish anarchist Francesca Saperas.

Can Vies: the reason of force in Barcelona under police rule - Argelaga

A short article about the recent riots in Barcelona after the city attempted to enforce an eviction order and demolish a popular social center in the neighborhood of Sants known as “Can Vies”, in which the authors observe that, “The total domination of Capital demands a kind of urban space that is managed like a business and pacified like a prison. Within this space there is no room for neighborhood assemblies, or ways of life at the margins of the market economy. In this space, the framework cannot be more authoritarian, and politics is not distinguished from social control. In a world that is heading towards totalitarianism, political management is repression.”

The Spanish civil war: revolution and counterrevolution - Burnett Bolloten

This monumental book offers a comprehensive history and analysis of Republican political life during the Spanish Civil War.

Birth of Our Power - Victor Serge

Cover of birth of our power

Pan-European novel, taking us from the workers' stronghold of Barcelona at the end of the First World War where hopes for revolution are fueled by the news of revolution in Russia.

Solidarity motor bulletin #05: Spain: struggle at SEAT Barcelona

Excellent bulletin about workers' struggles at car manufacturer Seat in Barcelona October 1974-January 1975, looking at the history of the industry and class struggle in Franco's Spain in the preceding years.

The CNT defense committees in Barcelona 1933-1938: An interview with Agustín Guillamón

A discussion of the rise and fall of the revolutionary institutions that were the foundation of the Spanish Revolution in the anarchosyndicalist stronghold of Barcelona, the social and organizational context of the anarchosyndicalist movement during the Civil War at the neighborhood level, the conflict between the rank and file militants and the collaborationist “superior committees” of the anarcho-syndicalist union the CNT, the meaning of the “spontaneity” of that movement and the process that led to its destruction at the hands of the republicans and Stalinists.

Barcelona diary: Celebrating radical history

Recently I was lucky enough to take part in a meeting of radical historians in Barcelona. The event was billed as “a meeting of colleagues and comrades, all active in interpreting and bringing out the radical history of the place where they live”.