Barcelona

Class, culture and conflict in Barcelona, 1898-1937 - Chris Ealham

Workers' barricade in revolutionary Barcelona

This is a study of social protest and repression in one of the twentieth century's most important revolutionary hotspots. It explains why Barcelona became the undisputed capital of the European anarchist movement and explores the sources of anarchist power in the city. It also places Barcelona at the center of Spain's economic, social, cultural and political life during 1898-1937.

¡Pistoleros! 2:1919 - The Chronicles of Farquhar McHarg

Extracts from Pistoleros! The Chronicles of Farquhar Mcharg, the fictional memoirs of a Scottish anarcho-syndicalist based in Spain.

Disobeying the Banks: An Interview With Enric Duran

An interview with Enric Duran, who expropriated nearly half a million euros from Spanish banks to use for anticapitalist projects.

Female consciousness and collective action in Barcelona - Temma Kaplan

Barcelona women protest at the cost of essentials, 1918

Article on women's protests in Spain between 1910 and 1918, which had many similarities to those that sparked the French and Russian Revolutions.

(Trigger warning as this article contains mention of sexual violence)

Organizing worker struggles through direct democracy: the Barcelona bus drivers struggle for two days off, 2007-2008

An account of the Barcelona bus workers victory.

1951: Barcelona general strike

A brief description of social conditions in post-Civil War Spain followed by an account of the Barcelona general strike of 1951. The events in Barcelona led to strikes across the country and signalled the potential for a return to working class combativity in Spain after over a decade of rule under the Franco regime.

Sabate Llopart, Francisco, "El Quico", 1915-1960

Francisco Sabaté Llopart 'El Quico'

A short biography of Sabate - the most famous and one of the most tenacious fighters in the armed resistance to Franco. Surviving longer than many other guerrillas, he finally succumbed to the bullets of the Civil Guard in 1960.

1931: Barcelona mass rent strike

The story of one of the biggest rent strikes of the 20th century where more than 100,000 people faced down the landlords and the government winning improvements for many tenants.

La Canadiense and Barcelona general strike, 1919 - Sam Lowry

Strikers in Barcelona, 14 February 1919

A short history of the Barcelona general strike of 1919 which began after the sacking of eight workers, and ended up as one of the most successful working class actions in history, which forced the introduction of the world's first 8-hour working day.

1909: The Barcelona revolt

Barcelona in flames during the revolt

A brief history of a successful general strike and rebellion in Barcelona.