THE SPANISH COCKPIT: An Eye-Witness Account of the Political and Social Conflicts of the Spanish Civil War by Franz Borkenau

THE SPANISH COCKPIT: An Eye-Witness Account of the Political and Social Conflicts of the Spanish…

byFranz Borkenau

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Austrian sociologist and disillusioned former Comintern official Franz Borkenau visited Republican Spain between August and September 1936, and again in January-February 1937. The account of his first-hand experiences as an independent socialist observer in revolutionary Spain,‘The Spanish Cockpit’, was published in the early summer of 1937, when it impressed and influenced the recently-returned POUM miliciano George Orwell who recommended it (in a letter dated 1 August 1937) as ‘an excellent book’ for anyone wishing to understand Spanish affairs.

“The amount of expropriation in the few days since 19 July is almost incredible. The largest hotels, with one or two exceptions, have all been requisitioned by working class organisations (not burnt, as had been reported in many newspapers). So were most of the larger stores. Many of the banks are closed, the others bear inscriptions declaring them under the control of the Generalitat. Practically all the factory-owners we were told, had either fled or been killed, and their factories taken over by the workers. Everywhere large posters at the front of impressive buildings proclaim the fact of expropriation... All the churches had been burnt. “ (The Spanish Cockpit, pp 70-71)

Title:THE SPANISH COCKPIT: An Eye-Witness Account of the Political and Social Conflicts of the Spanish…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 9, 2016Publisher:ChristieBooksLanguage:English

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