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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

(p.414) 41 Moving toward Open Warfare in Catalonia
The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

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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