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By Julián Casanova

The Spanish Civil warfare grew to become the atmosphere for the fight among revolution and counter-revolution in addition to being, for lots of outsiders, where of armed clash among the forces of democracy and fascism. This publication is a path-breaking synthesis of political, social and cultural historical past in regards to the anarchist revolution throughout the Spanish Civil warfare by means of Spain's prime historian of the Civil battle.

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They would often be turned away at gunpoint or by the Civil Guard. There were also violent demonstrations in which unionised agricultural workers clashed with the employers’ associations. This type of incident brought two different worlds of culture, loyalty and friendship into confrontation. An astonishing number of occupations and ‘illegal cultivations’ of properties took place in provinces such as Huesca and Teruel, which was all the more surprising since it was not Andalucia. In the northern parts of Aragon, some of these protests took place under the auspices of anarcho-syndicalism.

One month later, the leading authority in Albalate de Cinca in Huesca ‘addressed the popu- The seeds of confrontation 23 lation from the balcony of the town’s cultural centre, urging them not to pay land rents and attacking the clergy and the bourgeoisie’. 12 Of course, not all disputes were organised by the labour organisations. The precarious situation of salaried workers, the hostile attitude of many landowners, who left their land uncultivated, and simple hunger and need all generated forms of delinquency and dissidence.

This had led to an ‘urban explosion’ in certain cities. Fifty-seven point three per cent of the 28 The seeds of confrontation population had been occupied in the primary sector in 1920. 5 per cent in 1930. 5 per cent and the population active in the service sector had risen from 21 per cent to 28 per cent. Agriculture still accounted for half of economic production in 1935. However, as recent studies have pointed out, the Spanish economy was advancing along the route of modernisation in those years.

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