Between 1936 and 1939, the Spanish Civil War showcased anarchism to the world. News of the revolution in Spain energised a moribund international anarchist movement, and activists from across the globe flocked to Spain to fight against fascism and build the revolution behind the front lines. Those that stayed at home set up groups and newspapers to send money, weapons and solidarity to their Spanish comrades. This book charts this little-known phenomenon through a transnational case study of anarchists from Britain, Ireland and the United States, using a thematic approach to place their efforts in the wider context of the civil war, the anarchist movement and the international left.
Introduction; 1. From Depression to Revival; 2. State Collapse, Collaboration and Revolution; 3. Violence, Terror and Warfare; 4. Nationalism and Internationalism; 5. Gender, Masculinity and the Children of the Revolution; 6. Anarchism and the Popular Front; Conclusion; Appendix 1: Biographies of Transatlantic Anarchist Volunteers; Appendix 2: Biographies of Notable Figures; Key to Appendices; Bibliography; Index
Morris Brodie is a historian at Queen's University Belfast. He achieved a BA in History and Politics (First Class Honours) from the University of Strathclyde in 2013 before completing his MSc in History (with Distinction) at the University of Glasgow in 2014. He received his PhD at Queen's in 2018. He specialises in the history of international anarchism during the interwar period and has published his research in several journals, including Radical Americas, Anarchist Studies and the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. This is his first book.