1936-1939 The Spanish War and Social Revolution

Sources

The Anarchist Militias

The Social Revolution

International Reactions:

- Spain and the British Anarchists

Posters

Though the articles mentioned here are limited to the years 1936-1939, the time span of the Spanish Civil War does not limit itself to the period of a military conflict, which in reality was ultimately decided by Germany, Italy and the Soviet Union. The civil war consisted in a large cycle of revolutions and counter-revolutions as well as the guerilla period that followed after general Franco’s "victory".

It was an international event, which affected and transformed many people in many countries. Furthermore, the non-intervention of Great Britain and France caused it to be a prelude to World War II.

The large number of refugees was an important contribution to antifascist resistance, particularly in France.

This "brief Summer of Anarchism" is also an exceptional illustration of the practicability of anarchist ideas within the setting of large populations. There is much to learn from those successes and failures.

Ronald Creagh

Sections

Articles

David PORTER: Will Franco Era Spanish Fascists Finally Be Brought to Justice?

from Fifth Estate # 393, Spring 2015, accessed September 16, 2019 at https://www.fifthestate.org/archive/393-spring-2015/will-franco-era-spanish-fasci

David PORTER: May Days 1937

from Fifth Estate #328, Spring, 1988, accessed September 4, 2019 at https://www.fifthestate.org/archive/328-spring-1988/may-days-1937/

Pedro GARCIA-GUIRAO: News of the Spanish Revolution

a review of Charlatan Stew, ed., News of the Spanish Revolution: Anti-authoritarian Perspectives on the Events. Berkeley & London: Kate (...)

Kenyon ZIMMER: The Other Volunteers

Originally appeared in Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2016, pp. 19—52

Jeff STEIN: Two New Books on Spanish Anarchism

Scanned from print original in Anarcho-Syndicalist Review 68, Fall, 2016, page 22 a review of Chris Ealham, Living Anarchism: José Peirats and (...)

Vadim V. DAMIER: The Spanish Revolution of 1936

Translated from the Russian by Malcolm Archibald Scanned from print original in Anarcho-Syndicalist Review 68, Fall, 2016, page (...)

DASHAR (HELMUT RÜDIGER): Lessons of Spain

Originally appeared in print in Vanguard [U.S.A.] (Vol. 4, No. 9, July 1939) page 11

WORKERS SOLIDARITY FEDERATION, SOUTH AFRICA: A new world in their hearts

Copied from page originally posted at http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/workers-solidarity-federation-south-africa-a-new-world-in-their-hearts

GARCIA-GUIRAO, Pedro: Charlatan Stew, ed., News of the Spanish Revolution: Anti-authoritarian Perspectives on the Events

Originally published in ANARCHIST STUDIES Volume 21 Number 1

PORTER, David: Spain ’36

Originally appeared in FIFTH ESTATE #323, Summer, 1986, Vol. 20 No. 4, page 12

POINTBLANK: Self-management and the Spanish Revolution

Reprinted, with introduction and endnotes, Fifth Estate #274, July, 1976, Vol. 11, No. 10, page 6

Fifth Estate Collective: The International Brigades and the social revolution in Spain, 1936-1939

exerpt from "Detroit Seen" column in FIFTH ESTATE, Number 348, Fall 1996, page 30