The Basques, the Catalans, and Spain: Alternative Routes to Ethnic Autonomy

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Daniele Conversi's book is a comprehensive introduction to Basque and Catalan nationalism. The two movements have much in common but have differed in the strategies adopted to further their cause. Basque nationalism, in the shape of the military wing of ETA, took the path of violence, spawning an efficient terrorist campaign. Catalan nationalism, by contrast, is generally more accommodating and peaceful. Daniele Conversi examines and compares the history, motives and methods of these movements, considering the ...
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Overview

Daniele Conversi's book is a comprehensive introduction to Basque and Catalan nationalism. The two movements have much in common but have differed in the strategies adopted to further their cause. Basque nationalism, in the shape of the military wing of ETA, took the path of violence, spawning an efficient terrorist campaign. Catalan nationalism, by contrast, is generally more accommodating and peaceful. Daniele Conversi examines and compares the history, motives and methods of these movements, considering the influence of such intertwined aspects of nationalist mobilisation as the choice of language, race and descent as core values; the consequences of large-scale immigration; and the causes and effects of political violence.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Glossary
Note on the Maps
1 Introduction 1
2 From the Founding of Catalan Nationalism to the Civil War 11
3 Basque Nationalism from its Beginnings to the Civil War 44
4 Euskadi: Dictatorship, Resistance and Resurrection 80
5 Catalonia under Franco 109
6 The Transition to Democracy: From Clandestine Action to the European Community (1975-1986) 141
7 Language and Other Values 162
8 Nationalism and Immigration in Catalonia and the Basque Country 187
9 The Roots of Violence 222
10 Conclusion 257
Bibliography 270
Index 301
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    One of the best book available in Spanish/Iberian studies

    This book is probably one of the best book I ever read on the subject of Spanish/Iberian studies. It is also a must-read for students and scholars of sociology, european studies, political geography and political science. It presents a theory which has universal implications and goes much beyond the specific case study and even nationalism studies at large. Its theory should be properly understood by everyone dealing with the roots of terrorism. It is also a crucial reappraisal of the role of culture in all political processes.

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