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The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism$
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Stanley G. Payne

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300100686

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300100686.001.0001

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The Policy Struggle under the Largo Caballero Government September 1936–May 1937

The Policy Struggle under the Largo Caballero Government September 1936–May 1937

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(p.174) Chapter Nine The Policy Struggle under the Largo Caballero Government September 1936–May 1937
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The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism
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StanLey G. Payne

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DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300100686.003.0009

This chapter discusses the Largo Caballero Government and the dissatisfaction felt by Soviet policy makers toward it. Despite this dissatisfaction, the Largo Caballero Government was still accepted as a reasonable start toward a viable Popular Front government. The development and comparatively rapid growth of the People's Army were gratifying; September and October were times of frenzied activity, both in military mobilization and in Communist expansion. The new prime minister tried to follow the official line, declaring that his government was merely fighting for the “democratic Republic” and sought to uphold the “Republican constitution.” Within less than a month he even called the first rump session of the Cortes since the fighting began. As Burnett Bolloten has observed, it was a strange parliament because so many of the opposition deputies had either fled or had been executed.

Keywords:   military mobilization, Communist expansion, Largo Caballero Government, Soviet policy makers, Popular Front government, People's Army

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