By Pelai Pagès i Blanch
Translated through Patrick L. Gallagher, Kent nation University
In battle and Revolution in Catalonia, 1936-1939, Pelai Pagès i Blanch analyses the political and armed forces evolution of the occasions in Catalonia in the course of the Spanish Civil warfare: the road battles that defeated the army uprising; the social revolution that pervaded all degrees of Catalonia's politics, economic climate, and tradition; the sluggish erosion of workers' energy, culminating within the may possibly occasions; and Catalonia's eventual fall to Franco's forces. Pagès i Blanch demonstrates the level to which the struggle used to be misplaced whilst the Republican leaders, with the intention to ‘unify’ the left opposed to Franco and fascism, became their backs at the social revolution. This translation of Pagès i Blanch's landmark research is the 1st full-length monograph in English to target Catalonia's event through the war.
English translation of Cataluña en guerra y en revolución, Ediciones Espuela de Plata, 2007.
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Thanks to the will, sympathy and warmth of the sacred avalanche of people, we have returned. We are here as servants to our ideals. We bring our souls bursting with emotion: not shame, but instead a new spirit of justice and reparation. We bring with us the lessons of experience. We will suffer again. We will fight again. And we will win again! 23 In Catalonia and everywhere else, the city governments that had been abolished after October 1934 were immediately re-established. In the fields, the Llei de Contractes de Conreu was again enforced.
Meanwhile, General Manuel Goded was making his way from Palma de Mallorca to take over command of the uprising as planned. When he arrived at military headquarters, Goded arrested Llano de la Encomienda and attempted to set things on the right track. But the battle was already nearly lost, and Goded’s only hope was for the Civil Guard to join the insurgents. That hope was dashed, however, when at two o’clock in the afternoon a regiment of the Civil Guard, reinforced by soldiers from the quartermaster and led by Colonel Escobar, moved down Via Laietana Avenue towards the Plaça de Catalunya to defeat the rebellion once and for all.
TN] As the Foreword explains, throughout this book, the term ‘government’, in ‘change in government’, ‘government crisis’, or ‘forming a new government’ usually refers to the cabinet. Particularly during the war of 1936–9, political struggles between parties that made up the governing coalition played out as competition for ministerial appointments. Hence, the author pays special attention to the circumstances behind appointing new ministers throughout the period and offers the details of their political affiliations.