| THE CNT IN THE SPANISH REVOLUTION: Volume 1|
by José Peirats
Edited and introduced by Chris Ealham
A landmark in Spanish Civil War historiography, providing extensive documentation on the roots and development of the Revolution.
In 1936, in Barcelona, Valencia, and all along the Mediterranean coast, a fascist army revolt was halted by anarchists, syndicalists and their allies. New militias, communes and collectives were created. Men, and women, found a voice in the CNT - the National Labour Confederation.
Peirats documents this revolution. He shows that events in Spain were characterised by profound changes and went beyond a mere liberalisation of the state.
The strength of this book resides in its extensive and unique documentation. No other source provides anything like this range of contemporary documents.
Peirats records debates on strategies and priorities from the foundation of the CNT, and documents the resolutions of the 1936 CNT congress. He traces the roots of the revolution: how five years earlier the Spanish monarchy had been overthrown and how a republic was created. He quotes from arguments and from the press to explain the thinking of anarchists and syndicalists as events unfold. He candidly presents conflicts between radicals in the FAI and more cautious syndicalists.
Volume 1 contains chapters 1 to 15 of Peirats' study, covering the period from the Bellas Artes Congress (1911) to the agrarian and industrial collectivisations (October 1936).
2011, paperback, 300 pages.
Published August 2011