Synopses & Reviews
A careful chronicle of political change and hope in 1930s Spain, this staggering work examines how the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT), rose up against the oppressive structures of Spanish society. Documenting a history of revolution that failed at the hands of its enemies on both the reformist left and reactionary right, this intelligent account covers all areas of the anarchist experiencefrom the spontaneous militias and the revolutionary collectives to the moral dilemmas occasioned by the clash of revolutionary ideals and the stark reality of the war effort. Passionately written and carefully indexed, this edition is the only in-depth English-language text available and converts the work into a usable tool for historians and anarchists alike. Volume 3 tells of the CNT's last push for the anarchist revolution in Spain and the crushing defeat of the wide-ranging activities of the CNT. An additional chapter, "The History of Spanish Anarchism in the English Language," is included.
A landmark in the historiography of the Spanish Civil War. . . . It is effectively the official CNT history of the war, passionate, partisan but, above all, intelligent.” Paul Preston, professor, London School of Economics
"A wonderful work and an essential resource for anyone interested in the history of the CNT and the Spanish revolution. Indeed, reading Periats work you see how much other historians (and other anarchists) have lifted from it in their books. It is great to finally have the work available in English.” www.struggle.ws
For those whose field of study is modern Spain, this is indeed an obligatory purchase. Given that this edition has been indexed and footnoted it may prove more useful to scholars than the original Spanish-language editions.” Kate Sharpley Library
About the Author
José Peirats joined the anarcho-syndicalist CNT at the age of 14 and became one of the great intellectuals of the Spanish anarchist movement. He is the author of Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution. Chris Ealham has spent more than 20 years researching Spain's anarchist and anarcho-syndicalists movements. He is the author of Anarchism and the City: Revolution and Counter-Revolution, 1898-1937 and Class, Culture and Conflict in Barcelona, 1898-1937.