History Fieldwork in Barcelona: The Spanish Civil War
DAY 1. George Orwell's Barcelona
Barcelona represents the one occasion in history when the anarchist movement has controlled a great city. Its experience during the Spanish Civil War is used as a vehicle to explore the concepts of anarchism, nationalism, socialism and fascism. The Spanish Civil War, a war fought for ideology, presents the world's best example of anarchism as a large scale political force.
This day includes site visits in Barcelona and explores:
SITE VISITS: George Orwell's sniper post on Las Ramblas, shrapnel façade of Felip Neri, Liceu Opera House (anarchist bomb), Central Post Office, CCOO and UGT union headquarters and the Foment de Treball patronal
OPTIONAL VISITS: air raid shelter on Avinguda Paral.lel or in Gràcia. Museum of Catalan History. Palau Güell townhouse (before the industrial barons took refuge from their employees up in the hills). Fortress of Montjuïc.
DAY 2. Battle of the Ebro and the
Spanish Civil War museum
The battle of the Ebro was one of the most decisive engagements of the Spanish Civil War. This day includes a visit to Corbera d'Ebre, the old town bombarded and preserved as a monument, and to the Civil War museum in Gandesa where a wide range of resources help explore the conflicts between the ideologies. Optional visits can be made to a series of Ebro battle trenches, the Cave Hospital at La Bisbal de Falset and the site of the strategic river crossing by Republican troops at Miravet.