The Anarchists of Casas Viejas

The Anarchists of Casas Viejas

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For its intelligence and humanitarian achievements, for its political honesty, for its power and its beauty (there is no other word), this book deserves to be called a masterpiece." -American EthnologistJerome R. Mintz's classic study of the lives of Andalusian campesinos who were swept up by one of the 20th century's pivotal social movements provided a new framework for understanding the tragic events that tilted Spain toward civil war. In a new foreword, James W. Fernandez reflects on the fieldwork that led to the book and its contribution to subsequent developments in the ethnography of Europe and the historiography of modern Spain.show more

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 28 b&w photos, 1 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253216583
  • 9780253216588
  • 810,364

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" ... It is no exaggeration to qualify this work as a significant new contribution to the historiography of Spanish anarchism and also to the social history of the Andalusian peasantry. A more effective prosecution of oral history is rarely to be found." Stanley G. Payne, Journal of Modern History " ... a brilliant and moving combination of conventional research and oral history." Raymond Carr, New York Review of Books "Mintz convincingly demolishes both liberal and Marxist myths about the Spanish anarchists, and compellingly depicts their real world in a classic revolutionary historiography." Nicholas Walter, New Statesman "This is an extraordinarily affecting and profound account of the anarchist movement in Spain, from the perspective of the ordinary women and men who constituted its core and whose lives were roiled by its turbulence. As a demonstration of how anthropologists can understand the grand events of history as forms of experience that resonate in everyday life for long decades after they occur, this book has become a historical milestone in its own right." Michael Herzfeld "For its intelligence and humanitarian achievements, for its political honesty, for its power and its beauty (there is no other word), this book deserves to be called a masterpiece." David D. Gilmore, American Ethnologistshow more

About Jerome R. Mintz

Jerome R. Mintz (1930-1997) was Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. His books include Carnival Song and Society: Gossip, Sexuality, and Creativity in Andalusia. James W. Fernandez is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.show more

Table of contents

Foreword to the new edition by James W. FernandezPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart OneOne The Beginning of the Anarchist Sindicato in Casas Viejas, 1914Two Social ClassThree CampesinosFour The Church in Casas ViejasFive The Centro is OrganizedSix Free LoveSeven The End of the Workers' CentroEight The Death of Jose OlmoPart TwoNine In the Time of the RepublicTen The Split within AnarchosyndicalismEleven The Year 1932Twelve InsurrectionThirteen The Uprising at Casas ViejasFourteen The Government and the PressFifteen Responsibility and PunishmentPart ThreeSixteen AftermathGlossarySelected BibliographyIndexshow more

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