Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Pieter M. Judson


Meticulously examining the discourse and fortunes of a small Barcelona Anarchist organization during the first eight months of the Spanish Civil War, Wickham aims to use its local history to inform the larger political history of the Catalonian Anarchist movement. For his analysis of the organization itself, called the School of Militants, Wickham relies exclusively on issues of the Amanecer, the School’s bulletin. In order to place the dramatic changes in the bulletin over the course of the eight months in context, he draws on existing scholarship on the political history of the war. Wickham finds that the Amanecer’s dramatic shifts in tone over time are evidence of the political sophistication and awareness of factional conflict in the Anarchist movement.