This book investigates urban conflict, popular protest and social control in Barcelona during the period 1898-1937. Focusing upon the sources of anarchist power in the city and the role of the organised anarchist movement during the Second Republic the volume concludes with an analysis of the decline of the power of the anarchist movement during the civil war in its identification of the local conditions that made Barcelona into the capital of European anarchism.
Table of Contents
1. The Making of a Divided City 2. Mapping the Working Class City 3. The Birth of the Republican City 4. The Proletarian City and the Second Republic 5. 'The Struggle to Survive': Unemployed Self-Help and Direct Action during the Republic 6. 'Militarised Anarchism', 1932-6 7. Cultural Battles: Class and Criminality 8. An 'Apolitical' Revolution: Anarchism, Revolution and Civil War
Chris Ealham lectures on contemporary Spanish history in the School of European Studies, Cardiff University. He is co-editor of The Splintering of Spain: Historical Perspectives on the Spanish Civil War. His work focuses on labour and social protest in Spain, and he is currently working on a history of urban conflict in 1930s Spain.
'A plethora of books have appeared over the years on the nature and roots of anarchism in Spain ... Chris Ealham's fascinating new book is one of the most original and important ... It deserves a far wider audience than just academia.' - International Socialism