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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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The Communists Strive for Hegemony

The Communists Strive for Hegemony

(p.124) 12 The Communists Strive for Hegemony
The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Communist efforts to engulf the Socialist movement. At the outbreak of the Revolution, the Socialists were likely the strongest force in the capital and in Old and New Castile. However, they were soon undermined by open and secret defections to the Communist party, as well as by the factional strife brewing within the Socialist movement. The Communists took advantage of these divisions, playing one hostile faction against the other, packing pivotal positions with secret party members, bestowing patronage, and exerting pressure upon anyone who joined their ranks or served their interests. Given these developments, the Communist party would soon emerge as the real power in the anti-Franco camp.

Keywords:   Communists, Socialists, factional strife, patronage, defections

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