Lions Led by Jackals

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Stalinism in the International Brigades

Pamphlet Cover "Lions Led By Jackals: Stalinism in the International Brigades" in white text on a red background, above a black and white photo of members of the International Brigades saluting.
by
Dale Street
2016
Pamphlet
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40 pages

Eighty years have passed since the workers of Spain rose in Revolt in July 1936, the greatest working class uprising since October 1917. Using new archival material Dale Street tells the long overdue true story of the Brigaders who took up arms in Spain: they were lions led by jackals.

Blurb

In 2015 The Comintern's archives of the International Brigades was published online by the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History.

Using previously inaccessible documents in the archives, Dale Street demonstrates in this pamphlet the reality of the International Brigades. They were not a spontaneous antifascist initiative but a project from the outset of the political dictates of Stalinism.

As the contents of the archives confirm, Stalinism controlled all aspect of the Brigades, from recruitment through to — for those that survived — repatriation. In subsequent decades Stalinist politics also defined the 'official' labour movement history of the Brigades.

Eighty years have passed since the workers of Spain rose in Revolt in July 1936, the greatest working class uprising since October 1917. The true story of the Brigaders who took up arms in Spain is Long overdue: they were lions led by jackals.

Table of Contents
  • Lions Led by Jackals
  • Popular Frontism
  • Confusion
  • Bourgeois-Democratic Revolution
  • Recruitment
  • British Communist Party
  • Vetting
  • Anarchists
  • Trotskyistm
  • POUM
  • Independent Labour Party
  • National Contingents
  • Spanish Communism
  • "Charicterisations"
  • Myths
  • Appendix: Extracts from “The Lessons of Spain: The Last Warning”, By Leon Trotsky
  • Notes

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