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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 Security Forces

The Security Forces

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(p.216) 21 The Security Forces
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The Spanish Civil War
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Burnett Bolloten

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624464.003.0021

This chapter discusses the steps undertaken by the Republic to restore the police forces. With only the bare remnants of the Republican police corps at its disposal, the liberal government formed by José Giral in July 1936 was impotent in the face of the revolution exercised by the working-class organizations, whose police squads and patrols carried out searches, arrests, and summary executions. Furthermore, the lack of a concrete security force undermined the government's authority in the eyes of the Western world. Thus the first significant attempt at reconstruction began that same year under the auspices of the Giral administration. And parallel with the reconstruction of the government security services, important changes were also taking place in the field of justice.

Keywords:   police forces, security forces, Republican police corps, working-class organizations, government security services, justice, Giral government

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