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Post re: Spain: Civil War; Communists and Anarchists (Angel Viñas, Belgium/Spain)
Created by John Eipper on 09/04/09 10:39 PM - re-spain-civil-war-communists-and-anarchists-angel-vinas-belgiumspain

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re: Spain: Civil War; Communists and Anarchists (Angel Vi����as, Belgium/Spain) (John Eipper, USA, 09/04/09 10:39 pm)

Angel Viñas responds to Henry Levin's post of 3 September: What were the Communists doing to their allies in the Spanish Republic? Apart from trying to get the POUM massacred (Orlov had Nin killed and a NKVD task force managed to kill some prominent Anarchists in May 1937), they didn't do much more than what the anti-Communists anarchists tried to do to them. All these aspects have been tremendously exaggerated in the ideological tug-of-war during the Civil War itself and, in particular, after its end. The Anarchists, in particular, had to go to great lengths in order to explain away their support to the anti-Government coup by Col Casado. I would suggest that the only way to gain some clarity on this matter is to go back to the primary sources of the time. It can be done, and Fernando Hernandez Sanchez is doing it the hard way with both the Communist and Anarchist documentation still available. WAISers should be aware that the primary reason for the Republican defeat was not the internal discord. It was essentially Franco's military superiority from the very beginning and continuously buttressed by technical, manpower and equipment support from Hitler and Mussolini. Add to that the withdrawal of support by the democratic powers within the charade of non-intervention. The critical question is not why Franco won and the Republic lost, but how the Republic managed to survive against increasingly uneven odds for more than two years. -- For information about the World Association of International Studies (WAIS), and its online publication, the World Affairs Report, read its homepage by simply double-clicking on: http://wais.stanford.edu/ John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA


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