Wrong Steps - Errors in the Spanish Revolution, by Juan Garcia Oliver

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Wrong Steps - Errors in the Spanish Revolution, by Juan Garcia Oliver

Wrong Steps - Errors in the Spanish Revolution, by Juan Garcia Oliver

Published by the Kate Sharpley Library in 2000, 26 pages. (N3246P1)

Juan Garcia Oliver was a prominent Spanish anarchist, who served as Minister for Justice in the Popular Front Republican Government in the 1930's

In this fascinating booklet he examines political mistakes made during the 1930's, and provides an excellent political overview of the Spanish Revolution and the Spanish Civil War.

Juan García Oliver (1901-1980) was a Spanish Anarcho-syndicalist revolutionary, and a leading figure of Anarchism in Spain. During the General Strike of 1917, García Oliver arrived in Barcelona and got involved in trade union activities. Along with Buenaventura Durruti and Francisco Ascas, he founded Los Solidarios, an Anarchist group responsible for various assassinations, including an attempt on King Alfonso XIII's life. In 1920, he joined the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT).

García Oliver eventually became the leader of the FAI. When the CNT reluctantly decided to enter the Popular Front government during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, García Oliver served as Minister of Justice under Francisco Largo Caballero (1936-1937). He encouraged workers to disarm during the Barcelona May Days of May 1937, calling a ceasefire. Some consider him a traitor to the Spanish anarchists for his willingness to compromise with government, while others see his concessions as understandable considering the need to defeat Francisco Franco. He left the government later in the same month, but remained active in Barcelona until Catalonia fell in 1939, taking refuge in France, then Sweden, and finally in Mexico (where he remained until his death).

Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The cover is clean and tidy, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.

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