chapter  3
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Sharpening the Knives, 1933–1936

This presented a major dilemma to important sectors of the right which simply could not stomach the reforms of threatened by the Popular Front and now saw their tactics of mobilising the masses against reform strewn around them in tatters. Taking up arms provided the obvious alternative. This option had proved useless in August 1932 when government authorities had easily thwarted a planned rising that simply could not command enough support. What changed after February 1936, however, was that many groups on the right threw their weight behind a military rebellion on the understanding that it would now enjoy mass support and would fi nally, in Mola’s words, ‘wrench out by the roots’ the ‘Marxist’ organisations.5