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That portion of the Catalan regionalist movement functioning in an organized fashion operated in large part out of the cityits leaders lived and worked there. They relied on the city's wealth and media as a means of carrying their message to Madrid. Moreover, along with the republicans, Catalan regionalist leaders had turned to Barcelona's working class for support and to the intellectuals for expression of their views. The Catalans also depended on the wealthy families of the city for necessary financial support.
Further representations being equally ineffective he decided that the well-bred thing to do was to ignore the whole ill-mannered crowd of them, and returned with dignity to the marital bed. "But as the bullets continued to whistle about the place and troops marched and countermarched about his room, a great and just indignation was born in his bosom. This was emphatically not cricket, and, by God, sir, the consul should know of it. "During the early morning the hotel which had been a center of Franco resistance was, apart from a few snipers on the roof, captured by the Anarchist mob which had been armed by the Catalan government, known as the Generalidad, in order to destroy all such centers of Fascist resistance.
Of considerable importance to both camps was the dominance of Barcelona and Catalonia's contribution to the war effort. The anarchists were defeated and persecuted. 13 Finally, in late 1938, Nationalist forces turned their attention toward Catalonia and Barcelona; a major campaign that proved to be the last significant one of the Civil War was begun by launching a drive at Christmas for the conquest of northeast Spain to the French frontier. The Second Republic moved to Barcelona on 31 November 1938, making that city capital of the national government before it fled during the final weeks of the war through northern Catalonia and ultimately into exile.
A City in war: American views on Barcelona and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39 by James W. Cortada