Anarchist Immigrants in Spain and Argentina

Anarchist Immigrants in Spain and Argentina

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From 1868 through 1939, anarchists' migrations from Spain to Argentina and back again created a transnational ideology and influenced the movement's growth in each country. James A. Baer follows the lives, careers, and travels of Diego Abad de Santillan, Manuel Villar, and other migrating anarchists to highlight the ideological and interpersonal relationships that defined a vital era in anarchist history. Drawing on extensive interviews with Abad de Santillan, Jose Grunfeld, and Jacobo Maguid, along withunusual access to anarchist records and networks, Baer uncovers the ways anarchist migrants in pursuit of jobs and political goals formed a critical nucleus of militants, binding the two countries in an ideological relationship that profoundly affected the history of both. He also considers the impact of reverse migration and discusses political decisions that had a hitherto unknown influence on the course of the Spanish Civil War. Personal in perspective and transnational in scope, Anarchist Immigrants in Spain and Argentina offers an enlightening history of a movement and an more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252038991
  • 9780252038990

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"A valiant attempt to study the dynamic exchange of anarchist migrants between Spain and Argentina... an important contribution."--International Review of Social History "Tackles the transnational story of anarchist immigrants as they moved back and forth between Spain and Argentina, demonstrating the important intellectual and personal ties many leading anarchists had with both countries. . . . A good contribution to the growing scholarship on the transnational links between leftist and revolutionary movements. Recommended."--Choice "This book has much to offer. Its fine weaving of the ties between personal histories of South Atlantic anarchists and international intellectual and political flows should appeal to students of history and political science, as well as to specialists researching the history of radical political movements and transatlantic immigration in the twentieth century."--American Historical Review "Relying heavily on prosopography, and especially the life story of Diego Abad de Santillan, who made numerous journeys between both countries, Baer further demonstrates how biographical approaches can play a key role in unlocking the transnational history of anarchism." --Kirwin Shaffer, author of Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921 "Undoubtedly, this original book can be recommended both to the general public looking to expand their knowledge of anarchism and to scholars and students, especially Spaniards, who have an extensive knowledge of Spanish anarchism but not the history of those ties established with Argentine anarchism and anarchists."--Hispanic American Historical Reviewshow more

About James A. Baer

James A. Baer is a professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College and Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, more

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