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Living Anarchism: José Peirats and the Spanish Anarcho-syndicalist Movement

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"Magnificent."—Paul Preston, author of The Spanish Holocaust

Brick maker by trade, revolutionary anarchist and historian by default; this is a study of the life of José Peirats (1908–1989) and the labor union that gave him life, the CNT. It is the biography of an individual but also of a collective agent—the working class Peirats was born into—and the affective ties of kins
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Paperback, 270 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by AK Press (first published November 10th 2015)
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Brian
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Ealham presents a detailed portrait of one of the lesser-known Spanish Anarchists, José Peirats. It's a nice combination of events-based history and personal-view history which means at times you'll lose the forest (Spanish Anarchism) for the trees (Peirats personal life and viewpoint), but in the end you'll have a richer understanding of what it was like within the movement, both in Spain, in exile, and in post-Franco return. Peirats' particular viewpoint (as a working class autodidact theoreti ...more
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Highly recommended. An account of a CNT militant, the CNT itself and the libertarian movement in Spain. A book that, on the one hand, allows the reader to appreciate the accomplishments of the Spanish anarchist movement in the face of unrelenting opposition and, on the other, its weaknesses at a moment when the political crucible was white hot with possibly. Historian Chris Ealham has shone the light on a vital figure in the struggle for revolutionary change in this sharp, concise work.
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Chris Ealham currently lives and works in Madrid, where he teaches History at Saint Louis University. Previously, he taught at the Universities of London, Lancaster, and Cardiff.

He is a specialist in Spanish labor history and movements, especially those of anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist inspiration. His work, which has been translated into Castilian, Catalan and Italian, includes Anarchism and
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