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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 Removal of Indalecio Prieto from the Defense Ministry

The Removal of Indalecio Prieto from the Defense Ministry

(p.570) 54 The Removal of Indalecio Prieto from the Defense Ministry
The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter details the Communist campaigns to remove Prieto from the defense ministry. Although it is debatable whether the Communists went to the extreme of ordering the abandonment of Teruel to Franco's army in order to destroy Prieto, there is no question that the loss of the city was the starting point for their drive against him. As with Largo Caballero, the Communists likewise launched a campaign to discredit Prieto using any means necessary, including his role in the Teruel debacle, especially as Prieto had looked more and more to mediation to end the conflict. Many such attempts had been made in 1937 and 1938, but General Franco would consider nothing but unconditional surrender. In order to prevent further catastrophe from the mounting civil unrest and the advancing Franco army, Negrín himself would remove Prieto from the ministry.

Keywords:   Indalecio Prieto, Communists, defense ministry, Teruel, Francisco Franco, Aragon

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