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Anarchism and Workers' Self-Management in Revolutionary Spain

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This is the first English translation of Frank Mintz's seminal study of the economic experiments put into place during the Spanish Revolution to both sustain civil society during the war and, more importantly, act as the material basis for a new society. These plans weren't developed by professional economists but grew out of a political movement that put working people at ...more
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Published August 15th 2013 by AK Press (first published 1976)
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Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author explores in painstaking detail the ECONOMIC events of the Spanish Civil War that are so often overshadowed by accounts of battle and political struggle. Presented here are descriptions of libertarian communism in action. Huge tracts of farmland collectively managed by farmers and crops distributed freely to workers in urban centers. Labor vouchers given to workers to prove their contribution to society and their entitlement to food and other essentials. Trade unions managing the distr ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This had nothing to do with worker's self management in revolutionary Spain. It was simply a partisan history about how awful and authoritarian the FAI were against the CNT, the CNT was against the grassroots collectivists, and the socialists were in general. It also refuses to analyze and presupposes its conclusions, so in general, its just a bad book. Well sourced though.

I would like to read the book the title led me to believe this was. Please let me know when that comes out AK Press.
Sugarpunksattack Mick
Frank Mintz's book 'Anarchism and Workers' Self-Mandagment in Revolutionary Spain' has all the trappings of being a good book, but does not hold up. The editing is bad and the writing is worse. There are sections where it is difficult to decipher if what you are reading is a quite and, if so, who is being quoted. The title itself is extremely misleading in that there is no real clear explanation of what workers self-management is much less how it operated in Revolutionary Spain.

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Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is well written and well researched. But a word of warning: it is NOT written for the beginner in regards to the history of the Spanish Revolution. If you are new to the subject this book is not for you.
Muy interesante para personas especializadas en el tema. Algo seco para elector casual.
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Familiar from an early age with the Spanish Revolution through the testimony of the anarchist exiles in France, he has been one of the most important scholars of a phenomenon that despite being central to the Civil War (perhaps one of the 3 episodes most studied in the XX century next to the Russian Revolution and World War II) still remains strangely undervalued. A militant libertarian since the ...more