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Abad de Santillán, Diego (1897–1983)

Andrew H. Lee

Subject Social History » Labor History
Sociology » Social Movements

Place South America » Argentina
Iberia » Spain

Period 1000 - 1999 » 1900-1999

Key-Topics anarchism, historians, revolution, social change, strikes

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405184649.2009.01663.x


Diego Abad de Santillán (a pseudonym of Baudillo Sinesio García Fernández, sometimes also spelled Hernández) was an anarchist intellectual influential both in the Spanish and Argentine movements. Abad de Santillán was born in Spain, but his family moved to Argentina when he was a boy. He worked various jobs in Argentina and returned to Spain to continue his education, earning a doctorate in Madrid. There, he was active in the 1917 general strike, for which he faced a prison term. Amnestied a year later, he returned to Argentina, where he became a leading figure in the anarchosyndicalist Argentine Regional Work Federation (Federación Obrera Regional Argentina, FORA) as editor of its journal, La Protesta . In 1922, as a delegate of the FORA, he attended the founding congress and the 1924 congress of the International Workingmen's Association (IWMA) in Berlin, where he remained briefly to study medicine. In Germany, he became acquainted with a number of important anarchists, including Rudolf Rocker, Voline , Nestor Makhno , Alexander Schapiro, Emma Goldman , and Alexander Berkman , as well as Max Nettlau, whose work he translated into Spanish and published. Abad de Santillán went to Mexico in 1925 to aid the Mexican anarchosyndicalist General Federation of Workers (Confederación General de Trabajadores, CGT) and then back to Argentina, where he participated in the international ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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