The Spanish Cockpit: An Eye-Witness Account of the Political and Social Conflicts of the Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Cockpit: An Eye-Witness Account of the Political and Social Conflicts of the Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Cockpit: An Eye-Witness Account of the Political and Social Conflicts of the Spanish Civil War

The Spanish Cockpit: An Eye-Witness Account of the Political and Social Conflicts of the Spanish Civil War

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This book is written with a double end in view. In the first place, it wants to give an idea of the political developments in the camp of the Republican Government in Spain. Of these developments, both among the masses and among the ruling strata, relatively little has been said in the already voluminous literature about the Spanish civil war, and not much more in the daily Press. Attention has been directed almost exclusively to the military operations. Yet the Spanish civil war is not a war in the ordinary sense of the word. Both armies are extremely weak numerically; their technical outfit is limited and their command lacks military experience. The decision of victory will largely depend on political developments behind the lines, and on the international situation. The international situation will not be dealt with in this book. But the history of the Spanish Left, in its various shades, its specific characteristics, its antagonisms, achievements, and failures, is its main subject matter.

If the present international situation is outside its scope, that is not to say that in this study Spanish affairs are viewed from a purely peninsular standpoint. Its second aim is to describe the specific characteristics of the Spanish conflict, as contrasted with conflicts in other countries. All Spanish parties, even those like the Anarchists which have hardly a counterpart abroad, claim to be Spanish specimens of international movements. In most cases the claim, in my opinion, is entirely unjustified, and in those instances (such as the Communists and Trotskyists) where it is justified, it means that the movement has failed to take deep roots in the . . .

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