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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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Hope for the Middle Classes

Hope for the Middle Classes

(p.81) 7 Hope for the Middle Classes
The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the Communist party's efforts to protect the interests of the urban and rural middle classes. A minor factor in Spanish politics before the Civil War, the Communist party would soon play a decisive role in the struggle against the anti-Franco forces. From the outset, the Communist party appeared before the distraught middle classes not only as a defender of property, but as a champion of the Republic and of orderly processes of government. These classes did not have complete confidence in the party's good faith, however they were ready to support it as long as it offered them protection and helped to restore to the government the power assumed by revolutionary committees.

Keywords:   Communist party, middle classes, Spanish politics, Communists, Republic, state power

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