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Matthew Kerry (Sheffield): Radicalism and revolution in the Spanish Second Republic
May 12, 2015 @ 4:15 pm - 6:00 pmFree
‘Radicalisation’ is a key concept in studies of the Spanish Second Republic, usually as a way of explaining the shift by the socialist movement from governmental participation to the organisation of an armed insurrection over little more than a year. The insurrection of October 1934 was a failure, but lasted longest in Asturias in northern Spain, where local leftists attempted a short-lived social revolution and fought government forces in the streets of the provincial capital.
This paper will provide an overview of my thesis on radicalism and the politics of community in the coalfields of Asturias during the Republic, and will re-evaluate the meaning of radicalism and why the insurrection erupted with such force in Asturias. I argue that this was due to the political practice and community divisions in the coalfields, which served to propel the radicalising dynamic.
– Matthew Kerry
Chair: Mary Vincent
Jessop West Exhibition Space