Spanish civil war

Spanish civil war and revolution photo gallery, 1936-39

Anarchist workers in the Spanish revolution

Photo gallery of anarchists and other workers who attempted a social revolution after the military uprising of the right-wing General Francisco Franco in July 1936. Thanks to for supplying some of the pictures.

Morality and biology in the Spanish Civil War: Psychiatrists, revolution and women prisoners in Málaga

Michael Richards on the Spanish Civil War, women and psychiatry.

Collectivized creativity: The rediscovered films of the CNT

Christiane Passevant interviews Richard Prost and Andres Garcia-Aguilera about the CNT film industry, which was directed by SIE Films (‘Union of the amusement industry’).

La Révolution Espagnole: The collectivized CNT taxis (1936)

A contemporary article in the POUM's journal La Révolution Espagnole on the CNT's collectivised taxis during the Spanish Revolution.

Anarchism, the Republic and Civil War in Spain: 1931-1939 - Julian Casanova

Spanish historian's look at the role anarchism played in the Spanish Civil War and reasons why it failed to resurface after Franco's demise.

The Friends of Durruti Group: 1937-39 - Agustin Guilamòn

Guillamòn's in-depth study of the hugely important anarcho-syndicalist CNT militants who opposed their union's collaboration with the Republican government during the Spanish Civil War.

Was there a Spanish revolution? - Enric Mompo

An essay on the nature of the Spanish Civil War and Revolution of 1936 that briefly summarizes the historical background of the military uprising and emphasizes the fact that immediately after the uprising began, spontaneously formed committees and workers patrols replaced the state and its repressive apparatus throughout most of Spain. Noting that these “revolutionary achievements . . . did not appear in the political program of any organization”, the author refers to these working class institutions as “organs of power” and asserts that they provide “irrefutable proof of the socialist character of the Spanish Revolution”.

The origin of the world

A vignette about a Spanish anarchist and worker after the revolution's demise.

Republic of egos: a social history of the Spanish Civil War - Michael Seidman

Michael Seidman's bold interpretation of the Spanish Civil War builds on the project of his earlier monograph, Workers Against Work: Labor in Paris and Barcelona during the Popular Front (1991), to "bring back the individual" into historical studies.

Why the UK needs International Brigades, now.

- More than battles, sometimes the challenge is to pick battle-fields -