Spain and the World

Submitted by hadrian on Mon, 07/04/2016 - 18:40

It is now almost eighty years ago that the dictator Franco first tried to grab power in Spain. Unlike Hitler, Mussolini, and Dollfuss, the Spanish fascists would meet with large amounts of resistance. Over the course of the next weeks we will, undoubtedly, see a variety of articles pop up on Anarchist sites dealing with the Spanish Civil War and, more importantly, the revolution in the rearguard. The Dutch Anarchist labour union has already dedicated their latest magazine (Dutch link) to this topic.

Much has been written over the years about the Spanish Civil War and Revolution. The United Libertarian Organisations published their first issue of Spanish Revolution roughly a month after the initial fighting broke out in Spain. Several months later, a few Anarchists in London began the newspaper Spain and the World to report on events in Spain. Interestingly, the newspaper also looked beyond the borders of Spain and includes articles on the Sino-Japanese war, the rise of Zionism and its effect on anti-Semitism in the Arab world, and scathing articles on the foreign policies of France and England.

So far, I have not been able to find a full digitized collection of the issues of Spain and the World. The only complete collection I could find was in the archives of the International Institute of Social History conveniently located in Amsterdam. In proper Anarchist custom, I've decided not to wait on others to magically provide me with the digitized versions and went there myself. Over the course of the next several weeks, I will make these scans slowly available to the interested reader. Having read some articles in the collection Spain: Social Revolution - Counter Revolution I can assure people there are many interesting articles to be found. Some, especially the articles dealing with collectivizations and Revolutionary Economy, are utterly inspiring. Others, especially the ones dealing with the Stalinist betrayal and eventual loss of the war and, much earlier, the revolution are shocking but provide important lessons for the future.

The first edition can now be found on the Internet Archive.

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