Double podcast episode where we give a brief general overview of the Spanish civil war and revolution which broke out after the attempted military coup by right-wing general Francisco Franco 1936-1939.
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- Part 1: Background, the military rising, streetfighting, the social revolution, women in the war – Available for early listening by relevant levels of our patreon supporters
- Part 2: International involvement, divisions within the Republic, the military conflict, the red and white terrors, aftermath – Available for early listening by relevant levels of our patreon supporters
In these episodes, we speak with Catherine Howley and Nick Lloyd about the tensions in Spanish society which exploded in 1936, about the military coup attempt, the civil war and the social revolution by workers and peasants. These episodes give an introduction to the conflict and the main organisations involved. We have future episodes planned looking at particular aspects of the events in more detail.
Nick Lloyd is author of Forgotten Places: Barcelona and the Spanish Civil War, which is available here, and both Nick and Catherine give Spanish civil war tours of Barcelona. Some of these are available remotely. Check these out here.
You can also find them on the following platforms:
- Catherine’s Instagram: @social_history_barcelona
- Catherine’s Twitter: @CatherineH0505
- Nick’s Twitter: @Civil_War_Spain
- Nick’s YouTube: barcelonanick1
More information about the Spanish civil war and revolution from WCH:
- WCH on the Revolutionary Left Radio podcast talking about the Spanish civil war
- Collectives in the Spanish Revolution – Gaston Leval – Book detailing workers’ self-management in the cities and the countryside during the revolution
- The CNT in the Spanish Revolution – José Peirats – Extensive, three-volume history of the CNT union during the civil war
We also have numerous reproduction posters from the conflict, as well as other commemorative merch in our online store to help fund our work. Check it out at: shop.workingclasshistory.com/collections/spanish-civil-war
Sources for everything said by WCH during the episodes:
- Macklin, Graham D., Major Hugh Pollard, MI6, and the Spanish Civil War, The Historical Journal (2006), 49:277-280, Cambridge University Press, accessed April 9, 2020, https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/historical-journal/article/major-hugh-pollard-mi6-and-the-spanish-civil-war/4648AEEADFA003D77A294031CB779A87
- Casanova, Julián. The Spanish republic and civil war. Cambridge University Press, 2010, p.141
- George Padmore, “Why Moors Helped Franco,” New Leader, May 20, 1938, accessed April 13, 2020, https://libcom.org/library/why-moors-help-franco
- Deirdre Hogan, “Industrial collectivisation during the Spanish revolution,” accessed April 13, 2020, https://libcom.org/library/industrial-collectivisation-spanish-revolution-hogan
- Xaime Martínez, “La mejor poeta de la Generación del 27 también fue una chica del cable,” Play Ground, May 4, 2017, accessed April 17, 2020, https://www.playgroundmag.net/lit/mejor-poeta-Generacion-chica-cable_22591338.html
- Ashifa Kassam, “Federico García Lorca was killed on official orders, say 1960s police files,” Guardian, April 23, 2015, accessed April 17, 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/apr/23/federico-garcia-lorca-spanish-poet-killed-orders-spanish-civil-war
- Thomas, Hugh The Spanish Civil War (London: Eyre and Spottiswood, 1961)
- Adam Hochschild, “How Texaco Helped Franco Win the Spanish Civil War,” Mother Jones, March 29, 2016, accessed April 13, 2020, https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/03/texaco-franco-spanish-civil-war-rieber/
- Lincoln, Bruce. “Revolutionary Exhumations in Spain, July 1936.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 27, no. 2 (1985): 241-60. Accessed April 14, 2020. http://www.jstor.org/stable/178493.
- “Basque bishop criticises churches silence on Spanish civil war killings,” France 24, July 12, 2009, accessed April 14, 2020, https://www.france24.com/en/20090712-basque-bishop-criticises-catholic-church-silence-spanish-civil-war-killings-franco
- “The Spanish Civil War,” Holocaust Encyclopaedia, accessed April 15, 2020, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/spanish-civil-war
- “The painful past of Spanish civil war refugees in France, 80 years on,” France 24, February 9, 2019, accessed April 15, 2020, https://www.france24.com/en/20190209-france-spanish-civil-war-republican-refugees-la-retirada-80th-anniversary
- Rosie Rickett, “Refugees of the Spanish Civil War and those they left behind: personal testimonies of departure, separation and return since 1936,” PhD dissertation, University of Manchester, 2014, accessed April 15, 2020, https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/files/54565631/FULL_TEXT.PDF
- Robert P Helms, “The anarchist who liberated Paris, and why they did it,” Kate Sharpley Library, 2004, accessed April 15, 2020, https://libcom.org/history/anarchists-who-liberated-paris-why-they-did-it
Thanks to our patreon supporters for making this podcast possible.
Thanks to the CNT for the theme tune for these episodes, “A las barricadas”.
Episode graphic photograph courtesy Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía/Wikimedia Commons.
These episodes were edited by Louise Barry.