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‘GET READY, WORKERS OF SPAIN!’ : THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE NATURE OF POST-WORLD WAR I SOCIAL CONFLICT IN SPAIN

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Spain's social conflict after the Russian Revolution

Researchers examined what motivated Spanish workers and peasants to engage in social protest between 1917 and 1923 as well as the motivations of the reactionary groups that opposed them.

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One of the most bitter and violent social conflicts in post-war Europe followed the Russian Revolution of 1917. Its aftermath included the Russian Civil War and the revolutionary upheavals in Spain between 1917 and 1923. One result was the dictatorship of General Miguel Primo de Rivera, which lasted until 1930. The aim of the EU-funded RUSSIA-IN-SPAIN ('Get ready, workers of Spain!': the Russian revolution and its influence on the nature of post-World War I social conflict in Spain) project was to analyse the history of the transmission of information and ideas. In this way, the links between events from Russia and the militancy of Spanish organised labour can be better understood. Andalusia and Catalonia were the main areas of focus and social movements from the perspective of low-ranking participants were used. In-depth and targeted research was conducting using both secondary literature and Spanish collections of primary sources. As a result, publications have been completed and submitted. They examine Spain during the period 1917-1923 in order to create a frame for European counter-revolutionary mobilisation after the 1917 October Revolution in Russia. A main benefit of the work is that it provides a better understanding of the form and intensity of Spanish reactionary policies and correlation with the Russian Revolution.

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Spain, social conflict, Russian Revolution, Spanish workers, post-war Europe

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