75 years of the POUM

Today in 1935…

… POUM was formed as a communist opposition to Stalinism by the revolutionaries Andreu Nin and Joaquín Maurín. The two were heavily influenced by the thinking of Trotsky, particularly his Permanent Revolution thesis. It resulted from the merging of the Trotskyist Communist Left of Spain and the Workers and Peasants’ Bloc against the wishes of Trotsky, with whom the former broke.

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Hat tip: Entdinglichung.

Published in: on September 29, 2010 at 12:28 am  Comments (7)  

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  1. my complete series on 75 years of the POUM here: http://entdinglichung.wordpress.com/category/75-jahre-poum/

  2. Did you ever link to this article from ’37?

    Spain Turns

  3. Thanks Darren. No, but I will do.

  4. […] the lessons of the Spanish Civil War. I’m not totally sure what he’s saying about the POUM, but I think I agree with what he says about the […]

  5. Hi,
    I’m trying to track down copies of the English language POUM newsletter (‘The Spanish Revolution’?) from 1937, and was wondering if you could help, as so far I’m drawing a blank.
    I was at the very interesting POUM exhibition in the Museum of Catalan History in Barcelona recently and saw an issue that had an article about the Moscow show trials. It didn’t occur to me at the time to take a picture of it and I’m now kicking myself as I’d like to write a blog post about it (my main interest is in Russian literature/history).
    Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Great site, by the way, loads of really interesting stuff.

  6. Sarah, thank you for the kind words. Also liked your blog a lot and will add to blogroll. Please prod me if you write a post on this sort of topic.

    I’m afraid I don’t. There are French editions on the web, e.g. at RADAR and Bataille Socialiste, see via https://poumista.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/from-the-archive-of-struggle-haymarket-and-may-day/ and https://poumista.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/2493/ and also an English translation from the French edition here http://marxists.org/history/spain/poum/1937/koltsov-response.htm

    I’ll keep digging

    • Cheers for this, and for the mention in your post, which I’ve just seen. Hopefully something will turn up. In the mean time, I’ve got one other possible lead that I’ll try to chase up – will let you know about that, and about any posts on the subject.

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