An overview of the Spanish libertarian movement

Murray Bookchin provides a succinct and weighty overview of the dimensions and historical significance of the Spanish Civil War and Revolution of 1936-9.

Six articles on the Spanish Revolution - Pierre Besnard

In this collection of articles originally published in 1947-48 in the Toulouse journal, Universo, the prominent French anarchosyndicalist Pierre Besnard contributes to the debate over the government collaboration of the Spanish anarchosyndicalist organizations between 1936 and 1939 during the Revolution and the war against Franco’s forces; for the most part, Besnard lets the documents speak for themselves, and presents an interesting selection of contemporary texts, from the official CNT and FAI press and resolutions from CNT and FAI Congresses to articles published by opponents of collaboration, many of which are being made available in English translation for the first time.

Some words on the miner's conflict in Asturias

Article about the miners' strike in Asturia in 2012 by Jose Maria Martinez.

History and actuality of anarcha-feminism: lessons from Spain - Marta Iniguez de Heredia

Anarcha-feminism is, ultimately, a tautology. Anarchism seeks the liberation of all human beings from all kinds of oppression and a world without hierarchies, where people freely organise and self-manage all aspects of life and society on the basis of horizontality, equality, solidarity and mutual aid. Consequently, such a struggle necessarily entails working to change hierarchical relationships between the sexes, that is, anarchism is a specific type of feminism.

Seventy days in Russia: What I saw - Angel Pestaña

Angel Pestaña

First published in Spain in 1924, Angel Pestaña’s journal recounting his experiences in Russia in the summer of 1920 as the delegate sent by the Spanish anarchosyndicalist Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (the CNT) to the Second Congress of the Third International, which he represents as “an objective accounting”, features encounters with Victor Serge, Peter Kropotkin, Lenin, Zinoviev, Lozovsky and Tomsky; while critical of the “mistakes” of the Bolsheviks, Pestaña ultimately absolves them of the greatest share of responsibility for the suffering of the Russian people, which he attributes to the blockade and civil war imposed and underwritten by the Western Democracies.

'The struggle for the streets': Unemployed hawkers, protest culture and repression in the Barcelona area, c1918-1936

An article by Chris Ealham on the CNT's mobilisation of street traders, whom the Spanish Republic considered 'undesirables' and repressed, and the militancy of the vendors themselves.

CGT, CNT and SO call for participation in the 29 March general strike

Joint statement by the Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT), Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT) and Solidaridad Obrera (SO) trade unions, appealing to the working class in Spain to join the day of strike action called for 29 March 2012.

What is anarcho-syndicalism?: libertarian reformism, vanguardism or revolutionary unionism?

A 1997 article from Black Flag, critical of (then) recent events in the International Workers Association.

Enduring anarchy

An article on anarchism in Barcelona, mostly focusing on the CNT.