The CNT and the history of anarchism in Spain

Kropotkin’s Conquest of Bread

Edition of Kropotkin’s Conquest of Bread, probably single most influential text on Spanish anarchist revolution. Inside was very nice surprise: theatre flyer from Teatre Pavón, Madrid, February 1938. The Walking Museum of the Spanish Civil War.

CNT badge

Original CNT badge (1936-39) we use on the Walking Museum of the Spanish Civil War.

CNT stamp

Stamp issued by the CNT-FAI. 1937: “Our duty is to crush fascism”.


The CNT union of Barbers of Barcelona: “At last we are free!” 1936.

Orwell wrote in Homage to Catalonia: “Human beings were trying to behave as humans not as cogs in capitalist machine. In the barbers’ shops were Anarchist notices (barbers were mostly Anarchists) solemnly explaining that barbers were no longer slaves”


A lovely little piece from a private collection somewhere in Catalonia I’ve had the privilege of visiting. A box of dominoes produced by the CNT during the Spanish Civil War.

A las barricadas

1966 single issued by the CNT in French exile. The Anarchist anthem “To the Barricades” is based on the late 19th-century Polish socialist anti-Tzarist song Warszawianka, possibly brought to Barcelona in early 1930s by German anarchists. The Spanish lyrics were written in 1933 by Valeriano Orobón


Coin struck by CNT/FAI calling for workers to boycott 1933 general election.


My well-thumbed edition of “Anarchism and the City: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Barcelona, 1898-1937,” by Chris Ealham, absolutely essential for understanding the often forgotten history of anarchist and working class Barcelona. Published by @AKPressDistro with a forward by Paul Preston.

VIDEO. Classic anarchist documentary about the Spanish revolution. Living Utopia (ÝouTube)   

A Very Short Introduction to Anarchism Recommended primer. For those who want to go further in, see Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism by Peter Marshall