Spanish civil war

The POUM's seven decades - Wilebaldo Solano

A history of the POUM, written by a longtime member, Wilebaldo Solano.

Spanish Marxism vs Soviet Communism: A History of the P.O.U.M. in the Spanish Civil War - Victor Alba

Book cover

Spanish Marxism Versus Soviet Communism is the first historical study of the P.O.U.M. to appear in English. Drawing from his multi-volume work on the subject, which was published in Spanish and Catalan, Victor Alba has collaborated with Stephen Schwartz to produce a condensed and amplified study that is far more than a translation.

Laguarda Batet, Pepita (1919-1936)

Pepita Laguarda

A short biography of the Spanish anarchist militia woman Pepita Laguarda

Spain 1936: images of the social revolution

Revolutionary militia women in Spain

Scanned PDF of a photo book of the Spanish civil war and revolution in English, French, Italian and Esperanto and Spanish.

Lessons of the collectives - Victor Alba

Published by Victor Alba, a former member of the POUM, in 2001, just before his death, this text addresses problems that the author believes will be faced by any resurgence of collectives of the kind formed in Spain during the Civil War, specifically problems of a “psychological” kind, warning that any future attempts to form collectives—in a society that has become an “amorphous mesocratic miasma” that has suppressed working class culture and militant traditions—will be dominated by a desire for more money and possessions rather than concerns about the environment, natural resources, and energy, for instance, which require the acceptance of “austerity”, and quality rather than quantity.

The One Big Union Monthly (April 1937)

Articles from the April 1937 issue of The One Big Union Monthly, with articles on the Spanish Civil War and fascism. Contributors include Justus Ebert, S.I. Stephens, Evert Anderson, Raymond Corder and Pierre Besnard.

A new age begins in Spain - Pierre Besnard

Preceding the French Syndicalist delegation composed of member of the C.G.T.S.R., and the C.G.T., I wen t to Puigcerda on Dcecmber 10, together with some comrades from the Local Federation of Barcelona and the Regional Confederation of Catalonia. The welcome organized by our friends in Puigcerda was most cordial.

The bankruptcy of syndicalism and anarchism - Workers for Proletarian Autonomy and Social Revolution

An ultraleft critique of anarchism and syndicalism, written in 1979 in the UK, looking at the Spanish Civil War. We do not necessarily agree with all of it but reproduce it for reference.

The class war in Spain - GIK and LCI

Barcelona May Days

A very short pamphlet written jointly by the Belgian LCI (League of Communist Internationalists) and IARV (Union of International Council Workers), and the Dutch GIK (Group of International Communists) and Proletenstemmen (Proletarian Voice), a 'working group' linked to the latter, about the developments of the Spanish civil war.

Anarchism and the Spanish revolution - Helmut Wagner

An article written by the German council communist Helmut Wagner in April 1937 criticizing extensively the political developments in Spain during the civil war and within it the role played by the anarchists and their organizations. This article first appeared in Ratekorrespondenz, the official publication of the Gruppe Internationaler Kommunisten (GIK) based in Holland, before appearing in Paul Mattick's International Council Correspondence in June of that same year.