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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 14 Oct 2006, 21:52
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Post 01 Dec 2008, 20:20
I am very interested in the Spanish civil war, and therefore I would like to know, if anyone could recommend me any book about that topic.

I am not really looking for scientific books about socialism, but rather something about the military and the war itself (Antony Beevor?) that is not to hard to read.
And I'd also like to see some kinda stories like from the view of a soldier.

Would be nice If somebody could recommend me something and describe it a little bit.
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Post 01 Dec 2008, 21:07
"Neither Maoist, nor internationalist, nor a movement" - heiss93 on the MIM
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Post 02 Dec 2008, 15:40
Sounds good. Thanks for the link Fallen Raptor!
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Post 02 Dec 2008, 20:35
I have a book about the Spanish Civil War written by Antony Beevor. It's called The Battle for Spain.

Here's a link to the introduction of it: http://www.antonybeevor.com/spain/index.htm
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Post 03 Dec 2008, 12:11
Collected writings of trotsky on the Spanish Revolution:
http://marxists.org/archive/trotsky/spain/index.htm
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Post 05 Dec 2008, 12:01
Thanks comrades. I just started reading Orwell, his book is very exciting to read.
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Post 25 Mar 2009, 04:36
If you want to read pro-communist stuff on the Spanish Civil War in English, I recommend Arthur Landis' Spain! The Unfinished Revolution and They Shall Not Pass: The Autobiography of La Pasionaria. Landis was a historian who actually fought in the battle of Madrid as a part of the International Brigades.

If you want to read very objective and highly scholarly stuff (that also happens to make the communists look good), I would recommend Helen Graham's The Spanish Republic at War: 1936-39. Graham tries very hard to be objective, and when you do that, you can't help but shred through the anarchist/Trot myths. Graham goes so far as not to even include Orwell's bullshit in her bibliography.
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Post 25 Mar 2009, 07:29
Intelligitimate wrote:
If you want to read pro-communist stuff on the Spanish Civil War in English, I recommend Arthur Landis' Spain! The Unfinished Revolution


My friend gave lent me a copy awhile ago when I was still coming over to the Left. It was signed by Landis himself (RIP). And, moreover, my friend bought it for a penny online. Interwebz ftw. Landis wrote a great book though.

Although it's hardcore anti-communist (and therefore stupid), for some reason I enjoyed Murray Bookchin's The Spanish Anarchists: The Heroic Years 1868-1936*. It's about the period of time before the Civil War, a time when the Anarchists had a strong presence in Spain.

*Note- I don't endorse the views of that book. It was simply interesting to see what the "other" side of the Left had to say about Spain.
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Post 25 Mar 2009, 15:43
In many ways, the anarchists in Spain before the War were the better forces on the Left. For instance, the socialists (under the leadership of Francisco Largo Caballero) supported the dictatorship of the Primo de Rivera, while the anarchists bitterly opposed it. Even Lenin generally thought the Second International Marxists were worse than anarchists, and I think Spain is a good example of that.
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Post 25 Mar 2009, 16:57
Intelligitimate wrote:
In many ways, the anarchists in Spain before the War were the better forces on the Left.


I'll agree to that, and I certainly think Lenin did as well.
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Post 30 Apr 2009, 01:08
I also highly recommend Daniel Kowalsky's Stalin and the Spanish Civil War (username: coy password: empire) as a good scholarly work refuting a lot of the nonsense coming from Trotskyists and anarchists. Kowalsky is a mainstream bourgeois academic, and does a fantastic job with the material. To quote him:

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“Was Stalin the malicious meddler, saboteur, opportunist, and murderer that detractors from both Spanish camps have long maintained? The evidence presented in this study allows for an emphatic if qualified refutation of the long-held demonization of Stalin's role in the Spain.”
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Post 28 Feb 2017, 10:09
Highly recommend Steve Nelsons THE VOLUNTEERS.
By an American Red who fought in the main front around Madrid.
Much more truthful book then Orwell's CATALONIA.
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