Spanish civil war

Revolution and counterrevolution in Catalonia - Carlos Semprún Maura

First published in France in 1974, a “critical analysis of the bureaucratization of the CNT, with regard to both the political as well as the economic terrain”, bureaucratization which the author claims was “total and complete”, with discussions of certain historical turning points and watershed moments (e.g., the militarization of the militias, the May Events and the overthrow of the Council of Aragon), and extensive passages quoted from eyewitness accounts (e.g., Marcel Ollivier’s Les journées sanglantes de Barcelone), newspaper articles and official documents that have not previously appeared in English translation.

The life style of Buenaventura Durruti

A short pamphlet by the Kate Sharpley Library about the life of Spanish anarchist revolutionary Buenaventura Durruti, published in 1994.

The CNT in the Spanish revolution, volume 2

Second volume of José Peirats' extensive work on the Spanish anarchist union the CNT, which in this volume focuses on the battles raging at both the front and rear guards. Additionally, a biographical chapter, "The Life and Struggles of José Peirats" gives a great deal of insight into this CNT fighter and historian.

The revolutionary message of the Friends of Durruti.

George Fontenis' analysis of the Friends of Durruti from a pamphlet translated by the Workers' Solidarity Movement.

Peirats J. Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution

Written by a lifelong member of the CNT, this is the most comprehensive, critical history of the Spanish Civil War and the role played in it by the CNT-FAI, the anarcho-syndicalists and anarchists. Beginning with an overview of the Spanish working class movement stretching back to the 19th Century and ending with the defeat of the revolution this should be required reading.

1936-37: the war in Spain exposes anarchism's fatal flaws

An article on anarchism in Spain in the 1930s (the first of two) - the most recent addition to the ICC’s long-running series ‘Communism is not just a nice idea’ by the left communist International Communist Current. We do not agree with all of it but reproduce it for reference.

Ready for Revolution : The CNT Defense Committees in Barcelona, 1933-1938. [Book Review]

A review of Agustin Guillamon's "Ready for Revolution" on the Spanish anarchist defence committees, assessing its relevance to today's revolutionaries.

Ascaso Abadía, Francisco, 1901-1936

Ascaso on the Ramblas, Barcelona, on July 20, 1936

A very brief biography of leading Spanish anarcho-syndicalist militant, Francisco Ascaso, who was killed on the dawn of the Spanish revolution.

Torres Escartín, Rafael, 1901-1939

Members of the Los Solidarios group

A short biography of Rafael Torres Escartín, a Spanish anarchist pastry cook who was active in the anarcho-syndicalist CNT union and Los Solidarios action group.

The plot to assassinate Franco from the air, 1948 - Antonio Tellez

The incredible story of the ultimately unsuccessful attempt by Spanish anarchists to assassinate military dictator General Franco from the air in 1948.