Anarchism, Revolution and Reaction Catalan Labor and the Crisis of the Spanish State, 1898-1923

Anarchism, Revolution and Reaction Catalan Labor and the Crisis of the Spanish State, 1898-1923

by Angel Smith

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Overview

The period from 1898 to 1923 was a particularly dramatic one in Spanish history; it culminated in the violent Barcelona “labor wars” and was only brought to a close with the coup d’état launched by the Barcelona Captain General, Miguel Primo de Rivera, in September 1923. In his detailed examination of the rise of the Catalan anarchist-syndicalist-led labor movement, the author blends social, cultural and political history in a novel way. He analyses the working class “from below” and the policies of the Spanish State towards labor “from above.” Based on an in-depth usage of primary sources, the authors provides an unrivalled account of Catalan labor and the Catalan anarchist-syndicalist movement and thus makes an important contribution to our understanding of early twentieth-century Spanish history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845451769
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/14/2002
Series: International Studies in Social History , #8
Pages: 418
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Angel Smith in Senior Lecturer in Spanish History at the University of Leeds. He has worked extensively in the areas of Spanish labor and Spanish nationalisms. His books include An Historical Dictionary of Modern Spain (Scarecrow Press, 1996), Clare Mar-Molinero and Angel Smith (eds), Nationalism and National Identity in the Iberian Peninsula. Competing and Conflicting Identities (Berg, 1996), Angel Smith and Emma Dávila-Cox (eds), The Crisis of 1898. Colonial Redistribution and Nationalist Mobilization (Macmillan, 1999), Stefan Berger and Angel Smith (eds), Nationalism, Labour and Ethnicity, 1870-1939 (Manchester University Press, 1999), Angel Smith (ed), Red Barcelona. Social Mobilization and Labour Conflict in the Twentieth Century (Routledge, 2002).

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Acknowledgements

List of Acronyms

A Note on Language Usage

Introduction

PART I: THE ROOTS OF INDUSTRIAL MILITANCY

Chapter 1. Industrial Structure, Technological Change and the Labour Process

Chapter 2. Gender, Skill and Class: Hierarchy and Solidarity within the Catalan Working-Class Community

Chapter 3. The State, Employers and Organised Labour: Political Marginalisation, Social Control and Resistance

PART II: BUILDING THE ANARCHIST-SYNDICALIST MOVEMENT, 1898 to 1914

Chapter 4. Anarchism, Socialism and the General Strike, 1898 to 1909

Chapter 5. Workers against the State: Anarchism, Republicanism, Popular and Working-Class Protest, 1898 to 1909

Chapter 6. The Foundation of the CNT, 1910 to 1914

PART III: THE GUN AND THE SWORD: THE CATALAN CNT FROM REVOLUTION TO REPRESSION, 1915 to 1923

Chapter 7. The War-Time Economy and the Rise of the Sindicats Unics, 1915 to 1918

Chapter 8. Between Reform and Revolution: The Catalan CNT and the Left-Wing Challenge to the Restoration Regime, 1915 to 1918

Chapter 9. 1919: The Apogee of the Catalan CNT and the Employer-Military Counteroffensive

Chapter 10. The Road to Dictatorship: The Destruction of the Catalan CNT and the Fall of the Restoration Regime, 1920 to 1923

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