History and Historiography

Work and Don’t Lose Hope’: Republican Forced Labour Camps during the Spanish Civil War

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.

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  1. Obviously because the Progressive scum of European academia worship the Slave Republic crypto-Soviet tools as martyrs. Franco was a murderer and I prefer de Rivera and the actual fascists to fake monarchist Franco, but the Republicans absolutely deserved to be overthrown and wouldn’t have been any more merciful than Franco if they’d won.

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