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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 POUM and the Trotskyists

The POUM and the Trotskyists

(p.405) 40 The POUM and the Trotskyists
The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter looks at the activities of the Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista (POUM) in the Catalan political arena, as well as its efforts to dissociate itself from Trotskyist accusations. Formed in September 1935 through the fusion of the Izquierda Comunista and the Bloque Obrero y Campesino, the POUM grew to be a powerful force in the region. A vigorous advocate of Socialist revolution and the dictatorship of the proletariat, an unrelenting critic of the Popular Front and of Stalin's trials and purges, the POUM would find itself denounced as “Trotskyist.” Despite the fact that some of its leaders had once maintained connections with Leon Trotsky, the POUM was not a Trotskyist party, and it frantically attempted to prove it was not in numerous articles and speeches.

Keywords:   POUM, Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista, Leon Trotsky, Catalonia, Socialist revolution

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