In 2015 The Comintern's archives of the International Brigades was published online by the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History.
Using previously inaccessible documents in the archives, Dale Street demonstrates in this pamphlet the reality of the International Brigades. They were not a spontaneous antifascist initiative but a project from the outset of the political dictates of Stalinism.
As the contents of the archives confirm, Stalinism controlled all aspect of the Brigades, from recruitment through to — for those that survived — repatriation. In subsequent decades Stalinist politics also defined the 'official' labour movement history of the Brigades.
Eighty years have passed since the workers of Spain rose in Revolt in July 1936, the greatest working class uprising since October 1917. The true story of the Brigaders who took up arms in Spain is Long overdue: they were lions led by jackals.