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The 'red terror' and the Spanish Civil War : revolutionary violence in Madrid / Julius Ruiz, University of Edinburgh.

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    "This book deals with one of most controversial issues of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939): the "Red Terror." Approximately 50,000 Spaniards were extrajudically executed in Republican Spain following the failure of the military rebellion in July 1936. This mass killing of "fascists" seriously undermined attempts by the legally constituted Republican government to present itself in foreign quarters as fighting a war for democracy. This study, based on a wealth of scholarship and archival sources, challenges the common view that executions were the work of criminal or anarchist "uncontrollables." Its focus is on Madrid, which witnessed at least 8,000 executions in 1936. It shows that the terror was organized and was carried out with the complicity of the police, and argues that terror was seen as integral to the antifascist war effort. Indeed, the elimination of the internal enemy - the "Fifth Column" - was regarded as important as the war on the front line"-- Provided by publisher.
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Ruiz, Julius, 1973-
    Published
    New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2014
    ©2012
    Locale
    Spain
    Madrid (Spain)
    Edition
    First English edition
    Contents
    Introduction
    1. On the brink
    2. The military rebellion
    3. Antifascist Madrid
    4. Forging the new police
    5. The justice of the people
    6. If it is the will of the people...
    7. Popular tribunals and the Rearguard Vigilance Militias (MVR)
    8. A fifth column?
    9. The prison problem
    10. Paracuellos
    11. The dirty war against the fifth column
    12. Dealing with the legacy of the terror: forced labor for fascists, 1937-1939
    Annex 1. Post-curfew passwords issued by police headquarters in Madrid
    Annex 2. The network of terror
    Annex 3. Prisons in Madrid autumn 1936
    Annex 4. Evacuations from Madrid's prisons 28 October to 4 December 1936.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (page 351-361) and index.
    Introduction -- 1. On the brink -- 2. The military rebellion -- 3. Antifascist Madrid -- 4. Forging the new police -- 5. The justice of the people -- 6. If it is the will of the people... -- 7. Popular tribunals and the Rearguard Vigilance Militias (MVR) -- 8. A fifth column? -- 9. The prison problem -- 10. Paracuellos -- 11. The dirty war against the fifth column -- 12. Dealing with the legacy of the terror: forced labor for fascists, 1937-1939 -- Annex 1. Post-curfew passwords issued by police headquarters in Madrid -- Annex 2. The network of terror -- Annex 3. Prisons in Madrid autumn 1936 -- Annex 4. Evacuations from Madrid's prisons 28 October to 4 December 1936.

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    9781107054547
    1107054540
    Physical Description
    xii, 385 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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