The Spanish Revolution: The Left and the Struggle for Power during the Civil War

The Spanish Revolution: The Left and the Struggle for Power during the Civil War

The Spanish Revolution: The Left and the Struggle for Power during the Civil War

The Spanish Revolution: The Left and the Struggle for Power during the Civil War

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This volume, which is a vast revision and expansion of The Grand Camouflage, published in 1961, is the product of many years of exhaustive research. Forty years ago I set to work to reconstruct from limited materials and a limited knowledge of the subject, acquired as a United Press correspondent in Republican Spain from 1936 to 1938, some of the principal political events of the Spanish Civil War and Revolution; but no sooner had I begun than I realized that the information at my disposal was not in keeping with the complexity and magnitude of the subject, so I undertook the work of investigation on a scale commensurate with the need. From that time on, I consulted and re-consulted more than one hundred thousand issues of newspapers and periodicals published during the Civil War and the years of exile, over three thousand books and pamphlets, and a large number of published and unpublished documents. This massive documentation was not available in any one institution or in any one country, but had to be obtained from Spain, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States, as well as from Mexico and other Latin American republics, where thousands of Spaniards took refuge after the Civil War. In the course of forty years of research and inquiry I corresponded with or interviewed a large number of refugees, and combed and recombed essential institutions and libraries for fresh material. From these sources alone I obtained one hundred and twenty thousand microfilm frames, and years went by in an effort to bring order and meaning into this chaotic welter of material, much of which had to be consulted several times.

In preparing this volume I have allowed myself to be guided solely by a desire to reveal the truth. I have endeavored by the most diligent research and by the most conscientious selection of materials to maintain the highest possible standard of objectivity, and regret that in so doing I have had to ignore the political susceptibilities of friends and acquaintances who provided me so generously with personal testimony and documentary material.

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