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 -

Workers against work in the Spanish Revolution - Michael Seidman

The achievements of anarchist ‘self-management’ during the Spanish Civil War show that production can be organised without the bourgeoisie or Leninist parties. But any genuinely anti-capitalist revolution in the 21st century will not be about democratic self-management of capitalist industry. Rather, it will be about the transformation of society world-wide so people can collectively fulfill their needs without any external discipline. Consequently, we need to understand workers’ resistance to work during the Spanish revolution rather than to just praise the achievements of anarchist militants (especially when those ‘achievements’ even included the setting up of labour camps!).

Class, culture and conflict in Barcelona, 1898-1937 - Chris Ealham

Workers' barricade in revolutionary Barcelona

This is a study of social protest and repression in one of the twentieth century's most important revolutionary hotspots. It explains why Barcelona became the undisputed capital of the European anarchist movement and explores the sources of anarchist power in the city. It also places Barcelona at the center of Spain's economic, social, cultural and political life during 1898-1937.

Brothers in Arms - Stuart Christie

Stuart Christie writes on the Spanish Civil War, 70 years after General Franco's victory.

Introduction to Pierre Besnard’s Anarcho-Syndicalism and Anarchism - Alexander Schapiro

An introduction by Russian anarcho-syndicalist Alexander Schapiro to a 1937 pamphlet by the then-secretary of the International Workers Association (IWA) Pierre Besnard, discussing the relationship between anarchism and anarcho-syndicalism.

“Revolutionary syndicalism serves the proletariat, whereas anarchism is one brand of humanism” - interview with Juan Garcia Oliver

Juan García Oliver, anarchist Minister of Justice during the Civil War.

Excerpt from the pamphlet “My Revolutionary Life: Juan García Oliver interviewed by Freddy Gomez”

Individual, class and nation in Spain, 1936-1939 - Juan McIver

Federico Garciá Lorca

Juan McIver looks at the Spanish Civil War and the work of poet and playwright Federico García Lorca