The Anarchist Collectives: Workers' Self-Management in the Spainish Revolution 1936-39

The Anarchist Collectives Workers Self Management in the Spainish Revolution An analyses on the radical collectives organized in Spain The eyewitness reports and commentary presented in this highly important study reveal a different understanding of the nature of socialism and

  • Title: The Anarchist Collectives: Workers' Self-Management in the Spainish Revolution 1936-39
  • Author: Sam Dolgoff Murray Bookchin
  • ISBN: 9780919618206
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • An analyses on the radical collectives organized in Spain The eyewitness reports and commentary presented in this highly important study reveal a different understanding of the nature of socialism and the means for achieving it Noam Chomsky

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    1. The available literature in English on the Spanish civil war and in particular on the Spanish revolution from 1931 to 1937 is pretty limited. This book fills the gap to some extent by presenting that history from the perspective of the anarchists who led the revolution. Most histories of the period are written by either liberals or Marxists - the very groups that worked together to crush the anarchist movement, at a time when they should have been focusing their efforts on the fight against fasc [...]

    2. I thought this was an excellent account of the anarchist/libertarian self-management movement. It doesn't try to really convince you of anything but rather lays down the first hand accounts of how these communes traded, functioned, defended itself and what was built and grew. I found it to be highly valuable information for anyone who is looking for an example of an anarchist society from a technical observation standpoint.

    3. This is an odd but interesting volume. Sam Dolgoff edits a volume, using primary sources, to discuss a little known aspect of the Spanish Civil War. Indeed, partisans would say that the term "Civil War" is wrong, and that what is described in this volume is actually a "Revolution." The work begins with a useful essay by Murray Bookchin on the Spanish context. He outlines the dizzying array of groups with a stake in the conflict between the Republic and General Franco's forces. The focus of this [...]

    4. Anarchy and the thinking that underpins it (Bakunin, Marx, Kropotkin) has always seemed a tad utopian, so it was really good to read again study of how it has worked and sad to think that the experiment was put paid to by Franco and undermined by Marxist opponents. The book is unashamedly partial and I find it hard to believe that everything was better, everyone was happier, every opponent was an evil/misguided fool. That said the examples given of collective thought, organisation and the benefi [...]

    5. Such a great book. Dolgoff gathers together in one place the key accounts of the worker self-management movement in Spain during the revolution there in 1936-38. It is a tribute to Dolgoff that he saw the need for a book such as this and that even now, nearly forty years later, it hasn't yet been surpassed. A book that celebrate hope and possibility - hard to beat that!

    6. A fantastic book, outlining the success of the anarchists in Spain, and also some of the limitations. It's inspirational that an libertarian socialist society was formed, which without intimidation, improved the lives of millions of people in Spain. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone interested in this radical alternative.

    7. I love this book, the primary documents- in-expendable. This man, Sam Dolgoff, a commendable human being.

    8. Well, solid scholarship seemed to go into this, it is certainly inspiring. The author particularly had a strong flare for helping readers visualize what was going on.

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