The Spanish Civil War : revolution and counterrevolution

Bolloten, Burnett, 1909-1987, author

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  • Creator Burnett Bolloten ; with new illustrations and a new introduction by George Esenwein
  • Format Books
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  • Publication 2nd ed. Chapel Hill, [North Carolina] ; London, [England] : The University of North Carolina Press, 2015. ©2015
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (1149 p.)
  • ISBNs 9781469624488, 1469624486


  • This work offers a comprehensive history and analysis of Republican political life during the Spanish Civil War. Completed by Burnett Bolloten just before his death in 1987 and first published in English in 1991, 'The Spanish Civil War' is the culmination of fifty years of dedicated and painstaking research and is the most exhaustive study on the subject in any language.


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Cover; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Author's Note; Acronyms and Other Abbreviations; Leading Participants; Introduction to the 2015 Edition; Selected Works Published since 1987; Photo Gallery; Part I: Civil War, Revolution, and the Collapse of the 1931-1936 Republic; 1. The Brewing Upheaval; 2. Divisions and Deadlock on the Left; 3. Military Rebellion and Civil War; 4. The Revolution and the Rise of the Third Republic; 5. The Revolution Hits the Small Bourgeoisie; 6. The Revolution in the Countryside. Libertarian Communism in Theory and Practice; Part II: The Rise of the Communists
  • 7. Hope for the Middle Classes8. The Popular Front; 9. Foreign Intervention; 10. Camouflaging the Revolution; 11. Largo Caballero Forms a New Government; 12. The Communists Strive for Hegemony; 13. Dr. Juan Negrín and Julio Alvarez del Vayo; 14. Spanish Gold Shipped to Moscow; 15. Soviet Influence, Political Dissimulation, and the Plight of President Azaña; 16. Spain in the Web of the East-West Diplomatic Conflict; 17. Wooing Britain and France; Part III: Curbing the Revolution; 18. Anarchist Philosophy and Government; 19. The Anarchosyndicalists Enter the Government
  • 20. Against the Revolutionary Committees21. The Security Forces; 22. Nationalization versus Socialization; 23. A Democratic and Parliamentary Republic of a New Type; 24. Balancing the Class Forces; Part IV: From the Revolutionary Militia to a Regular Army; 25. The Revolutionary Militia; 26. Discipline and the Anarchosyndicalist Militia; 27. The Fifth Regiment; 28. The Popular Army; 29. General José Asensio. Largo Caballero Defies the Communists. The Government Leaves Madrid; 30. The Defense of Madrid, the Junta de Defensa, and the International Brigades. Miaja, Rojo, and Kléber
  • 31. Soviet Officers, Journalists, and Diplomats32. The Libertarian Movement and the Regular Army; 33. The Iron Column; 34. Largo Caballero Breaks with Moscow; 35. Pressure on Largo Caballero Mounts; 36. Largo Caballero Hits Back; Part V: The Communist Triumph; 37. The PCE Cultivates the Moderate Socialists; 38. Catalonia: The Military Insurrection and Social Revolution; 39. The Rise of the PSUC. Dissolution of the Militia Committee; 40. The POUM and the Trotskyists; 41. Moving toward Open Warfare in Catalonia; 42. The May Events, Part 1; 43. The May Events, Part 2
  • 44. The Overthrow of Largo Caballero45. The Rise of Juan Negrín; Part VI: The Reflux of the Revolution; 46. The Negrín Government and the Reaction of the Libertarian Movement; 47. The PSUC Supersedes the CNT and FAI as the Dominant Force in Catalonia; 48. Communist Repression of the Anarchists and the POUM; 49. Highlights of the POUM Trial; 50. The Destruction of the Agricultural Collectives and the Council of Aragon; Part VII: The Eclipse of Largo Caballero and Indalecio Prieto; 51. Indalecio Prieto Challenges the PCE; 52. The PCE Courts the CNT
  • 53. The Political Demise of Largo Caballero. The UGT and CNT Sign a Pact of Unity
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