Spanish civil war

Spain 1936, the end of anarchist syndicalism? - Subversion

Criticism of anarcho-syndicalism during the Spanish Civil War. From Subversion #18 (1996).


This year is the 60th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, which began in July 1936 when General Franco led a fascist coup to replace the left-wing Republican government.

Spontaneity in the Spanish Revolution - Enric Mompó

Article looking at the role played by 'spontaneity' in the workers' rebellions of the Spanish Civil War.

Of all historical phenomena, spontaneity is one of the most complex. Some speak of “great personalities”, and we know their ambitions and what they think, since they represent the interests of society’s ruling classes. Others study history through the lens of political organizations, parties, trade unions, legislatures . . . .

Medicine and the Spanish Civil War

A historical survey of medicine in Spain during the Spanish Civil War

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2002 March; 95(3): 147–150.
The Royal Society of Medicine

by Nicholas Coni, FRCP

Emergence of Modern Genetics in Spain and the Effects of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) on Its Development

An assessment of the effects of the Spanish Civil War on the development of genetics in Spain.

Journal of the History of Biology 35: 111–148, (2002)

Dpto. Historia de la Ciencia
Instituto de Historia, CSIC
C/ Duque de Medinaceli 6
28014 Madrid

Staradolz, Alexander, ?-1936

A short account of Alexander Staradolz who fought with Makhno and Durruti.

A Makhnovist in Spain

Minnig, Albert, 1911-1968

A short biography of Albert Minnig, Swiss anarchist volunteer in Spain

Albert Minnig came from a Swiss working class family, like that of his slightly older cousin Louis Walther. The fathers of their families made a living through poaching and illegal fishing, and were seen as “pirates”. Getting into trouble with the law was a common occurrence for Albert.

Women in the Spanish revolution - Solidarity

Liz Willis writes on the conditions and role of women in and around the Spanish Civil War and revolution of 1936-1939.

Solidarity Pamphlet #48


1936-1967: A history of Spanish anarchist youth paper 'Ruta'

Victor Garcia's brief history of the Catalan libertarian youth newspaper from its founding in the civil war to its final issue.

Towards a Fresh Revolution - Friends of Durruti

Durruti's funeral, 1936.

Highly influential pamphlet of anarcho-syndicalist CNT militants during the Spanish Civil War who opposed the co-option of their organisation in the Republican government.

Spanish Civil War - further reading guide

Libcom's guide to further reading around the Spanish civil war and revolution of 1936-1939.

- Homage to Catalonia - Orwell*
- The Civil War in Spain - Broue/Themin
- Wrong Steps: Errors in the Spanish Revolution - Juan Garcia Oliver
- The Friends of Durruti Group, 1937-9 – A. Guillamon
- We, the Anarchists: A Study of the Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI) 1927-1937 - Stuart Christie