By Julius Ruiz
This article examines the use of forced labour in Republican Spain during the civil war. Althoughmuch has recently been written on Francoist camps, very little research has been undertaken ontheir Republican counterparts. As a consequence the signiﬁcance of Republican camps has not been recognised. Although some historians argue that the Republicans used forced labour onlyin a desperate attempt to avoid military defeat, this article demonstrates that labour camps were an integral aspect of Republican ‘popular justice’. Work, it was argued, would redeem ‘fascists’by allowing them to contribute to the economic reconstruction and transformation of Spain.
Categories: History and Historiography