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The Spanish Civil WarRevolution and Counterrevolution$
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Burnett Bolloten

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469624464

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624464.001.0001

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Divisions and Deadlock on the Left

Divisions and Deadlock on the Left

(p.21) 2 Divisions and Deadlock on the Left
The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the widening rifts within the Socialist party as two major factions came to the fore: the majority, led by Francisco Largo Caballero, advocated revolutionary ideals while the smaller, more moderate faction, led by Indalecio Prieto, was against it. Largo Caballero's ultimate goal was establishing socialism—Marxist socialism—a radical position he had taken up in 1933 at the age of sixty-four. His transformation into a proponent of left-wing Spanish socialism was largely brought about by the indifference felt from the liberal Republicans led by Manuel Azaña toward the 1932 Agrarian Reform Law. Prieto, on the other hand, found Caballero's collaboration with the Communists extremely dangerous. Caballero's revolutionary stance would widen the already irreconcilable divisions within the Socialist party.

Keywords:   Francisco Largo Caballero, Indalecio Prieto, Spanish socialism, Marxist socialism, Socialist party, Communists

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