Spanish civil war

A E Jacomb's case against the Socialist Party

A E Jacomb

The first of the statements in this text recognised some value in democracy, but declared it to be secondary to independence, and on this ground the Party refused to endorse the Spanish democrats’ struggle to maintain their democratic regime. The second predicated either that democracy was not threatened, or that it was not a working-class interest. The third was advanced as a repudiation of the others, which had proved indefensible. Reproduced for reference.

From mass strike to new society - Jeremy Brecher

Excellent text by Jeremy Brecher examining where mass strikes have progressed into the working class attempting to run society in its own interests and the lessons we can learn from them.

Internationale 1938.05

This is the May issue of the 1938 Internationale, the monthly review of the IWA-AIT which discusses the 1938 congress and the Spanish civil war.

Las Pendientes Resbaladizas (Los anarquistas en España)

Un libro de un militante de Federación Obrera Regional Uruguaya (FORU), Manuel Azaretto, sobre anarcosindicalismo en España y un critica desde perspectiva forista de la CNT y su acciones durante la revolución española. El texto tiene cuatro partes, y un introduccion con el autor desconocido.

Polarization past & present

An article by J Pierce on the polarization of society during revolutionary upsurges.

Introduction: Ready for revolution

The Kate Sharpley Library team discuss Guillamón's work on the CNT's Defence Committees in relation to what we know about the start of the Spanish Revolution and why it's important.

The Spanish civil war: revolution and counterrevolution - Burnett Bolloten

This monumental book offers a comprehensive history and analysis of Republican political life during the Spanish Civil War.

The meaning of anarchism: theory illustrated by recent practice in Spain - Jack White

Short pamphlet looking at anarchist and socialist views of the state against the background of the conflict between Stalinists and anarchists in the Spanish revolution.

A critical look at the Spanish revolution - Ricardo Fuego

A 2010 essay in which the author attributes the defeat of the Spanish Revolution not to its betrayal at the hands of a naïve and incompetent leadership, but to the fact that “If the Spanish proletariat valued acronyms and leaders more than their own interests this was because objective and subjective difficulties stood in the way of their potential to attain a level of class autonomy sufficient to do without such mediations”.

Response to Agustín Guillamón’s critique of "Critical notes on the text, 'Spain 1936. The exorcism of the ghost of the revolution' by A. Devesa" - Roi Ferreiro

Ferreiro’s reply to Guillamón’s critique of his essay on Spain, in which he accuses Guillamón of being prejudiced and incapable of understanding Ferreiro’s perspective, reiterates his position on the subjective deficiencies of the Spanish proletariat in the context of a culturally and economically backward capitalist regime, and maintains that “It is not the defeats of the past that will lead us … to victory in the future. It will be the historical development of the subjectivity of the masses of individuals … determined by the class struggle and the conditions of life, both in its dimension as a socio-political process as well as in its psycho-mental dimension”.