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9 Forming the Unity Government and the First Political Disagreements

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The formation of Largo Caballero's government in Madrid made it easier to form a new government in Catalonia. The formation of Catalonia's new government brought an end to the governments controlled exclusively by the Esquerra since the beginning of the war. It had two significant new features: first, it brought under one unified government the full plurality of anti-fascist organisations and parties, and second, as has been mentioned, it gained the participation of anarchist leaders, who were departing radically from their usual rejection of political power. The new Unity Government played a significant role in gradually re- establishing republican normalcy, although there is some debate about the value of such changes. While some measures adopted by the Unity Government were carried out, others were never thoroughly normalised, particularly after a number of other factors, both internal and external, began to negatively affect Catalan society.

Keywords: Catalonia; Esquerra; political powers; Unity Government; war



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