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3 Barcelona is especially useful to historians of modern European history. Many of the events that took place in this Spanish community presaged similar trauma throughout Europe during World War II. Its political life was frenetic; its economic condition changed radically; and it was bombed, crowded with refugees, attacked, and occupied. Bombing of major urban centers was perfected by Italian and German air units during the Civil War, and one of their major targets was Barcelona. The use of combat troop transportation and the implementation of improved technologies in weaponry and logistical support 1For a discussion of this effort see James W.
Barcelona was a home to anarchism, the Confederación Nacional de Trabajo (CNT) and the Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT) similar to the French socialist organization, and to a patchwork of unions and labor associations. 7 7For Barcelona over the past century and a half see R. Alberich Roselló, Un siglo de Barcelona (Barcelona, 1944); F. Curet, Visions barcelonines, 17601860, 3 vols. (Barcelona, (footnote continued on next page) Page xiii No understanding of life in Barcelona is possible without an appreciation for the volatile anarchist activities of the Catalan region.
This was emphatically not cricket, and, by God, sir, the consul should know of it. "During the early morning the hotel which had been a center of Franco resistance was, apart from a few snipers on the roof, captured by the Anarchist mob which had been armed by the Catalan government, known as the Generalidad, in order to destroy all such centers of Fascist resistance. "When the outraged husband and his haughty spouse, their marriage still unconsummated, swept down to the hotel lobby they were met by a ragged, bloodstained Anarchist, armed with a sub-machine gun.
A City in war: American views on Barcelona and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39 by James W. Cortada