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Anarchist Socialism in Early Twentieth-Century Spain

A Ricardo Mella Anthology


Part of the Hispanic Urban Studies book series (HUS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxxiv
  2. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 1-28
  3. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 29-43
  4. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 45-70
  5. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 71-85
  6. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 87-96
  7. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 97-111
  8. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 113-120
  9. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 121-140
  10. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 141-153
  11. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 155-163
  12. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 165-183
  13. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 185-201
  14. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
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  15. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 225-232
  16. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
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  17. Stephen Luis Vilaseca
    Pages 255-265
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 267-271

About this book


“This book provides an invaluable glimpse into Spanish anarchism for English language speakers. Vilaseca capably reflects on where his voice sits in relation to Mella’s, offering an account that is hybridized, lively, and highly relevant to the contemporary moment of social struggle.”

—Simon Springer, Professor, Human Geography and Anarchist Studies, The

University of Newcastle, Australia


“We have a vital need for works like this book by Stephen Vilaseca, which rediscovers, translates, and puts in their contexts the works of activist Ricardo Mella. Most welcome!”

—     Federico Ferretti, Associate Professor, Cultural and Historical Geography, University College Dublin, Ireland  


“This anthology will inspire contemporary revolutionaries who want to recall the roots of the debates, principles, and utopias proposed by early anarchists and socialists.”

—     Miguel A. Martínez, Professor, Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden


“This book provides a much-needed introduction to a central figure in the history of the Spanish anarchist movement. The incisive introductory essays bring Mella’s work into dialogue with current theoretical and activist approaches in urban studies and other fields.”

—     Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College, USA, author of Memory Battles of the Spanish Civil War


This book is the first English translation of and critical introduction to Ideario, a collection of newspaper and journal articles written by Spanish anarchist Ricardo Mella. Given that Mella is virtually unknown to the English-speaking world, this book provides readers access to his extensive body of work about Spain, human nature, and a world increasingly dominated by capitalism. Suitable for both the general public interested in learning more about anarchist ideas and for scholars studying twentieth-century Spain, the three introductory essays help to introduce Mella, ground his work in the context of Spanish anarchism, and draw connections between Mella and the urban. Stephen Luis Vilaseca’s translation is accessible and engaging.


Stephen Luis Vilaseca is Associate Professor of Spanish at Northern Illinois University and co-Associate Editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. He is the author of Barcelonan Okupas: Squatter Power! (2013).


Ricardo Mella nineteenth-century urban modernity nineteenth-century urban contexts Spanish urban studies urban cultural studies Spanish anarchists Anarchist studies Hispanic studies Nineteenth-century Spain

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.World Languages and CulturesNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA

About the authors

Stephen Luis Vilaseca is Associate Professor of Spanish at Northern Illinois University and co-Associate Editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. He is the author of Barcelonan Okupas: Squatter Power! (2013).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Anarchist Socialism in Early Twentieth-Century Spain
  • Book Subtitle A Ricardo Mella Anthology
  • Authors Stephen Luis Vilaseca
  • Series Title Hispanic Urban Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Hispanic Urban Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-44676-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-44679-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-44677-2
  • Series ISSN 2662-5830
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-5849
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages LXXIV, 271
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European Culture
    Urban History
    Cultural Heritage
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