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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 PCE Courts the CNT

The PCE Courts the CNT

(p.550) 52 The PCE Courts the CNT
The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines how the Communists attempted to thwart Prieto and to bolster its position by seeking a temporary accommodation with the CNT. Their efforts were driven by the need to occupy the highest positions available, and in doing so they not only had to balance one rival faction against another, but also to neutralize and efface them one by one. Faced with Prieto's enmity, which reached its peak after he assumed control of the defense ministry, the Communists needed a temporary truce with the CNT in order to maintain their balancing position in the scale of power and to prepare for the approaching showdown with the Socialist leader. This change of policy was also doubly necessary as Largo Caballero soon attempted to restore his own position by concluding an alliance with the CNT.

Keywords:   Indalecio Prieto, Francisco Largo Caballero, CNT, PCE, Communists, policy change, temporary truce

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