Social alternatives and the state: some lessons of the Spanish revolution

George, Greg (1982) Social alternatives and the state: some lessons of the Spanish revolution. Social Alternatives, 2 3: 30-44.

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Author George, Greg
Title Social alternatives and the state: some lessons of the Spanish revolution
Journal name Social Alternatives   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0155-0306
1836-6600
Publication date 1982-02
Year available 1982
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 30
End page 44
Total pages 15
Place of publication Maroochydore, QLD Australia
Publisher Social Alternatives
Collection year 1982
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article discusses some lessons learned about social alternatives from the Spanish Revolution. The Spanish Civil War, which occurred from 1936-1939, was only one in a series of events that have been happening throughout the twentieth century when people who want to control their own destiny refuse to hand over control to a new ruling class. Some lessons from the Spanish Civil War can apply to current movements, such as the anti-war movement, the feminist and gay movements, the ecological movement, and the counter culture movement.

Throughout the twentieth century (and before) historical experiences have revealed advancing forms of social organisation of the aspiration of revolutionary peoples to control their destiny, rather than hand power over to a new ruling class. But the revolution which happened within republican territory during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) retains a predominant significance. Since then events in Poland and Hungary in 1956, France in 1968 and Chile and Portugal in the early seventies have deepened libertarian ideas. Spain, however, provides the most profound and extended period of the libertarian democratic management of social life, work and the economy.

Social movements like the Spanish revolution are worthy of attention. Their meaning is not solely national or historical. It is sociological and contemporary. Spain was an episode in a series of events which have continued and have embraced advanced and underdeveloped, capitalist and state capitalist societies alike.
Keyword Europe: History
Revolution
Spanish Civil War
Anarchism
Spanish Revolution
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: Fryer Library Publications
 
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