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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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Moving toward Open Warfare in Catalonia

Moving toward Open Warfare in Catalonia

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(p.414) 41 Moving toward Open Warfare in Catalonia
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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/9781469624464.003.0041

This chapter describes the political lead-up to the events of May 1937. Political divisions were emerging within the government, the conflict eventually coming to a head in December 1936, to the point that the cabinet was declared to be in a state of crisis. Conciliation and accommodation between the parties was difficult, despite a policy having been instated to that effect. Among the many points of contention held between the parties was the matter of centralizing the security forces into a regular army under government control, sparking further agitation that would eventually culminate in an aborted assassination attempt on a Communist police commissioner, Rodríguez Salas, and the subsequent murder of Roldán Cortada, a PSUC official. This was followed by the assassination of a prominent Anarchist, Antonio Martín. The consequences of the deaths began to take their toll in Barcelona, setting the stage for the May Day to come.

Keywords:   May 1937, conciliation policy, assassinations, Barcelona, regular army, government control, Rodríguez Salas

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