Foreign News: City Divided

The world's first reaction to Barcelona's fall was perplexity. Why did a city of 2,000,000 people, the reddest town on earth outside Russia, surrender to the Fascists as soon as they reached the suburbs? The explanation was that a metropolis divided against itself—and hungry—also falls.

On the morning of Barcelona's capture, Radio Barcelona warned the approaching Rebels that the "city will be defended inch by inch, house by house, street by street." This bold talk reminded the world that Barcelona had smashed the local Fascist uprising in July 1936 with speed and vigor...

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