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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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Against the Revolutionary Committees

Against the Revolutionary Committees

(p.212) 20 Against the Revolutionary Committees
The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter addresses the question of dissolving the revolutionary committees—which, in addition to assuming powers of state, had superseded the normal functions of the municipalities and other local governing bodies. While the Anarchosyndicalist leaders had hoped that the libertarian movement's participation in the cabinet would help defend its revolutionary conquests, the Communist leaders hoped that this participation would facilitate the reconstruction of the shattered machinery of state and enable them to gather all elements of state power appropriated by the revolutionary committees at the outbreak of the Civil War. The Communist view—shared by Socialists and Republicans—was that the committees, which in most cases were dominated by the more radical members of the CNT and the UGT and whose authority was practically unlimited in their respective localities, should give way to regular organs of administration.

Keywords:   revolutionary committees, state administration, state power, Communists, Anarchosyndicalists, Socialists, Republicans

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