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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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Balancing the Class Forces

Balancing the Class Forces

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(p.236) 24 Balancing the Class 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/9781469624464.003.0024

This chapter considers how, in the field of agriculture, the Communist party had sought to find a backing for itself among the middle layers of the population and use them to offset the power of the revolutionary segment of the anti-Franco camp and to assure its own hegemony. Aided by their control of the ministry of agriculture, the Communists had gained a substantial foothold on the countryside and were able to influence greatly events therein. Yet, in their efforts to win the support of the rural middle classes, both right-wing and Republican, the Communists were forced to restrain the collectivist tendencies not only among the left Socialists and Anarchosyndicalists, but even within their own youth movement.

Keywords:   agriculture, rural middle classes, Communists, collectivization, rural economy

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