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75th Anniversary of the Spanish Revolution!

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This month, 75 years ago, one of the most significant democratic movements in human history got underway in Spain.

The onset of the Spanish Civil War will be remembered by many for the tragic and valiant struggle that took place in Spain to stem the tide of fascism in Europe.  It is certainly important to remember and celebrate that struggle that took place in Spain between 1936-39.  But less well known and more important – to my mind – was the democratic revolution that took place in Spain between 1936 and 1937.  It was an immense revolution and it ushered in a new economic and social order where workers and farm labourers organised and controlled this places of work and their communities.  For an important and significant period of time a different way of organising society and economic production – where human needs came ahead of profits – held sway.

Let’s face it, in today’s world – where inequality is rampant; where poverty and starvation is rife while the world’s wealthy party on; and where environmental destruction seems never ending – it is important to remember and cherish this possible way forward for human kind.

Even now the scale of the revolution and the  its achievements are not fully acknowledged.  Although this is a situation that is gradually being reversed – with more academic research now focused on this important revolutionary period in Spain’s history.

Over the long period of this anniversary I hope to look at different aspects of the revolution and its eventual fate.   There’s no real plan here other than to cover topics of interest whilst completing research for a fictional work that is in part set in revolutionary Spain – of which more much later on.

But first a salute to those that resisted dictatorship and fascism and in the process opened up  a real window of hope for a viable and free socialist society.

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  1. Vids to remember 75 years ago: Spanish civil war + Revolution

    a load of vids for you to watch, in english or with subs, about both the war, and the revolution 75 years ago


    October 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

  2. This gives a trotskyist point of view. Alas, the anarchists were far too trusting and basically did not notice the Stalinist betrayal until it was too late. Brou and Temine give a god overview and Felix Morrow is very cogent

    Jim Monaghan

    January 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

    • Thanks for the links Jim. Very true about the anarchists being too trusting – among other deficiencies. I have read Morrow work before and it is very astute. He sheds plenty of light on the disaster that followed the initial revolutionary success.


      January 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

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