Auteur: Bolloten, Burnett
Titel: The Grand Camouflage
Sub titel: The Communist Conspiracy in the Spanish Civil War

Second edition of Bolloten's monumental book (which would triple in amount of pages by the time the fourth edition was published in 1991 - which is still available) offers a comprehensive history and analysis of Republican political life during the Spanish Civil War. This version of `The Spanish Civil War' is the culmination of thirty years of dedicated and painstaking research. This second edition of Bolloten's work ends with the controversial events in May 1937 (the fourth edition `The Spanish Civil War' covers the entire period from 1936 to 1939) and is the most exhaustive study on the subject in any language. It will be regarded as the authoritative political history of the war and an indispensable encyclopedic guide to Republican affairs during the Spanish conflict. Using extensive documentation from a vast collection of primary sources that he accumulated over the years, Bolloten develops two general themes. First, he meticulously charts the depth and scope of the popular revolution unleashed by the July 1936 military rebellion, showing that -- despite elaborate attempts by some Republican groups to minimize its significance -- the revolution dramatically reshaped the architecture of politics in the Republican zone. Revolutionary committees sprang up in countless villages and towns, creating new structures of economic and political power, largely controlled and directed by workers' organizations. Second, Bolloten argues that the fierce struggle for political hegemony on the left led to the rise in power and influence of the Spanish Communist party. He documents precisely how the Communists managed either to eliminate or absorb their opponents on the left, including Anarchosyndicalists, dissident Marxists, Socialists, and liberal Republicans. Backed by the prestige and material resources of the Soviet Union, the Communists gained decisive control over nearly every phase of public life. Underpinning Bolloten's analysis of the Communists' rise to prominence is his carefully researched discussion of international diplomacy during this period. Burnett Bolloten (1909-1987) was a United Press correspondent in Spain during the war, and it was then that he began his lifelong practice of collecting original documents relating to the conflict. By invitation, he was a lecturer and director of research on the Spanish Civil War and revolution, for three years, at the Institute for Hispanic and Lusa-Brazilian Studies at Stanford University.
1968, 339 pag., Euro 34,9
Literary Licensing, LLC, Whitefish, ISBN 9781258120528

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