Living Anarchism: Jose Peirats and the Spanish Anarcho-Syndicalist Movement
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ISBN : 9781849352383
Category : Anarchism
Format : Paperback
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In his biography of Pierats - anarchist, autodidact, brick maker and historian - Chris Ealham presents us with an unsettling portrayal of that most challenging and complex organization, the CNT-FAI, both in its greatest moments and in the agony and brutality of its exile. Commanding the narrative throughout, though, is Peirats. José Peirats both helped make history as a militant anarchist, sometimes with gun in hand, and wrote some of the most detailed and determinedly impartial history our movement has ever produced. It is a matter of real satisfaction to know that this exemplary militant and scholar has the biography he deserves. --Barry Pateman, archivist and author with the Kate Sharpley Library

Anyone interested in Spanish anarchism is familiar with the name of José Peirats, the chronicler of the libertarian movement. Few people, however, are aware of Peirats's activist life, the struggles in Spain during the years of the Republic and civil war or during the sordid internal conflicts of the anarchist movement in exile. This gap is now filled by Chris Ealham's magnificent biography. --Paul Preston, author of The Spanish Holocaust

Chris Ealham presents a well-researched and sensitive view behind-the-scenes at the intensely militant life of this key working-class activist in the Spanish movement from the 1920s to the postwar decades. Peirats was at the center of Spanish anarchists' crucial debates on anarchist organization, revolution, the importance of anarchist culture, and collaboration with statists. He consistently demanded accountability to the grassroots. Through this biography, such issues come to life for those of us in the present. --David Porter, author of Eyes to the South: French Anarchists & Algeria

Chris Ealham lives and works in Madrid, where he teaches History at Saint Louis University. He is a specialist in Spanish labour history, author of Anarchism and the City: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Barcelona, 1898-1937, and the English-language editor of Peirats's multivolume The CNT in the Spanish Revolution.

 



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