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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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Communism and the Spanish Revolution July–August 1936

Communism and the Spanish Revolution July–August 1936

(p.109) Chapter Six Communism and the Spanish Revolution July–August 1936
The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism

StanLey G. Payne

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the military rebellion that began the Spanish Civil War, which was a preemptive strike by approximately half of the army, led by a diverse cadre of officers, primarily of middle and junior rank. Initially, the rebellion sought a new, more conservative, and authoritarian republic that would put an end to the growing anarchy, the pervasive misgovernment or lack of government by the left Republicans, and the mounting threat from a profoundly disunified but ever-expanding and violent revolutionary left. The insurgents would later release forged documentation in an effort to show that the Comintern planned to take over the government no later than August. The evidence is clear that the Comintern intended to continue the Popular Front formula indefinitely and had no such immediate plan or timetable in mind.

Keywords:   military rebellion, Spanish Civil War, authoritarian republic, anarchy, misgovernment, revolutionary left, Popular Front formula

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