Author: Richard Purkiss ISBN: 9781845194611
Format: HB Extent: 304 pp.
Price: £55 Publication: June 2011
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
This new study shows that Valencia in the 1920s and 1930s was anything but tranquil. Dr Purkiss fills a significant gap in the historiography of the Spanish left. Drawing on a wide range of previously underused primary sources, he shows that not only was Valencia a hugely important source of anarchist support, but that the local movement was far more radical than has previously been thought. He thus provides a vital insight into the origins of the revolutionary and anti-clerical violence which swept the province in the early months of Civil War, introducing us to the 'expropriators' and 'men of action' whose activities terrified bourgeois Valencia in the 1930s.