Australian Left Review

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It began fifty years ago this year, with an attempted coup against the recently-elected government of Socialists, Communists, liberals and, later, anarchists. It ended three years later in bitter defeat for the fledgling democratic Republic: a defeat which, as the left at the time correctly predicted, was the last stepping-stone to the Second World War. In between, it inspired thousands of anti-fascists world wide to devote themselves to solidarity work, or to give up homes and families to take up arms for the Republican cause.

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