Durruti in the Spanish Revolution

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AK Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 795 pages
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"Durruti was the ultimate working-class hero: carrying the future in his heart and a gun in each pocket. Abel Paz's magnificent biography resurrects the very soul of Spanish anarchism. Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

AK Press has commissioned an elegant, new and unabridged translation of the definitive biography of Spanish revolutionary and military strategist, Buenaventura Durruti. But Abel Paz, who fought alongside Durruti in the Spanish Civil War, has given us much more than an account of a single man s life. Durruti in the Spanish Revolution is as much a biography of a nation and of a tumultuous historical era. Paz seamlessly weaves intimate biographical details of Durruti s life his progression from factory worker and father to bank robber, political exile and, eventually, revolutionary leader with extensive historical background, behind-the-scenes governmental intrigue, and blow-by-blow accounts of major battles and urban guerrilla warfare. An amazing and exhaustive study of an incredible man and his life-long fight against fascism in both its capitalist and Stalinist forms.

Includes Jose Luis Gutierres Molina s introduction about Abel Paz s life and the historiography of the Spanish Civil War.

Abel Paz was born in 1921. At 15, he joined the Durruti Column and fought in the Spanish Revolution. After the revolution's defeat, he was active as a guerilla fighter against the Franco regime and spent eleven years in prison. He lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Chuck Morse founded the Institute for Anarchist Studies, co-edited Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, and founded and edited The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of Books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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Contents

Between the Cross and the Hammer
3
August 1917
10
Los Justicieros
19
Zaragoza 1922
28
Los Solidarios
34
Toward the Primo de Rivera Dictatorship
47
The Revolutionary Center of Paris
57
Guerrillas in Latin America
69
Against Whom?
349
The Asturian Commune
355
Peace and Order Reign in Asturias
362
Toward the Popular Front
372
February 16 1936
385
The Fourth Congress of the CNT
393
Barcelona in Flames
431
General Goded Surrenders
438

From Simon Radowitzky to Boris Wladimirovich
77
Los Errantes in Buenos Aires in 1925
86
1926
93
The Plot Against Alfonso XIII
99
The International Anarchist Defense Committee
107
The Antiparliamentarianism of Louis Lecoin
118
Emilienne Berthe and Nestor Makhno
124
Lyon and in Prison Again
130
Clandestine in Europe
137
The Fall of Primo de Rivera
145
Viva Macia Death to Cambo
159
April 14 1931
193
The Forces in Play
200
May 1 1931
207
The Nosotros Group Faces the CNT and the Republic
215
The FAI and the CNT Meet
223
The Republics Social Policy and the CNT
230
In the Middle of a Storm Without a Compass
237
Durruti and Garcia Oliver Respond to The Thirty
245
Alfonso XIII and the Gijon Bank
252
The Insurrection in Alto Llobregat
261
Guinea Fernando Poo The Canaries
271
Split in the CNT
281
The Insurrectional Cycle
289
Prisoner in El Puerto de Santa Maria
298
From Electoral Strike to Insurrection
308
Socialism Absent in December 1933
321
The General Strike in Zaragoza
330
A Historic Meeting Between the CNT and Companys
336
The Death of Ascaso
445
Lluis Companys Confronts the CNT and the CNT Confronts Itself
457
The Central Committee of AntiFascist Militias of Catalonia
463
The DurrutiGarcia Oliver Offensive
473
The Durruti Column
482
The Clandestine Revolution
493
Koltsov Visits the Durruti Column
503
Largo Caballero Reconstructing the Republican State
511
Garcia Oliver Largo Caballero and the Problem of Morocco
517
Antonov Ovssenko and Garcia Oliver
525
The Spanish Golds Road to Russia
531
The Libertarian Confederation of Aragon
540
Stalins Shadow Over Spain
549
Viva Madrid Without Government
562
The Crossing of the Manzanares River
570
The Durruti Column in Madrid
577
November 19 1936
589
Durruti Kills Durruti
597
Durrutis Funeral
603
FOURTH PART
635
Fact or Fiction?
650
Contradictions and Fabrications in the Presented Versions
661
Durrutis Second Death or his Political Assassination
671
The Jigsaw Puzzle of the Search for Durrutis Body
678
Notes
733
INDICES
775
index of places
788
index of graphics
795
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Abel Paz was born in 1921. At the age of fifteen, he joined the Durruti Column and fought in the Spanish Revolution. After the revolution's defeat, he was active as a guerilla fighter against the Franco regime and spent eleven years in prison. Chuck Morse founded the Institute for Anarchist Studies, co-edited Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, and founded and edited The New Formulation: An Anti-Authoritarian Review of Books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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