SCW: Revolution betrayed?

July 20, 2010

An essay by Liam McNulty in the new Cambridge Undergraduate History Journal, pp. 16-31 (see also the companion blog post):

The perceived dichotomy between the war for democracy favoured by the Republicansand the Stalinists on one hand, and the revolution cherished by the anarchists and the PartidoObrero Unificación Marxista (POUM) on the other, is amongst the most contested issues of the Spanish Civil War. … The argument put forward in this article is that the former view, associated with the Republicans, moderate Socialists and Stalinists, was advanced for reasons that were neither wholly disinterested nor honest. …  the Popular Front government and the Comintern put political considerations above practical ones with reference to the role of the revolution in the struggle against Fascism.

More here.