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Are the Catalans content material with the end result of the Spanish transition to democracy? Is there a destiny for Catalan nationalism in the ecu? How does globalization effect upon the survival and improvement of countries with out states akin to Catalonia? Will expanding numbers of immigrants remodel local identities? Has devolution fostered secessionism in Catalonia? those are a number of the key questions mentioned during this book.Catalan Nationalism considers no matter if a country with out a nation, corresponding to Catalonia, is ready to live to tell the tale inside of greater political associations resembling Spain and the ecu Union. the writer examines the various 'images' of Catalonia offered by means of the most Catalan political events. The e-book additionally offers a research of the position of intellectuals within the building of nationalism and nationwide id in countries with out states within the international era.The key questions addressed during this e-book are hugely appropriate for the learn of devolution and its results, transitions to democracy and globalization and nationwide identification. in keeping with a profitable mixture of idea and cutting edge empirical study, the scope and intensity of the book's research will make it crucial studying for college students and lecturers within the fields of background and politics.

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Rationality stems from the objective reasons invoked by nationalists when defending their case. Independence or greater autonomy may mean a better economy by encouraging regional development and the right to retain regionally generated wealth; a higher quality of life; freedom from a series of constraints imposed by the state; and even a deepening of democracy by favouring decentralization and self-determination. 48 Belonging to a nation, which is real in the minds of its members, confers on them a sense of continuity grounded upon the sentiment of being part of a group portrayed as an extended family.

José Antonio was arrested in Madrid by the Republicans and transferred to Alicante prison (14 March 1936). Given his political relevance, it was not unthinkable to consider his liberation as a result of an exchange or agree- Portrait of a dictatorship: Francoism 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 4 5111 37 ment between Republicans and nationals, but this did not occur because Franco needed the Falange as a tool to mobilize the civil population and as a mechanism to allow identification with the fascist ideals of his German and Italian allies.

These sentiments are bound to emerge with even greater intensity wherever, as the re-emergence of Catalan nationalism during Franco’s regime shows, a national minority lives under repression. In such circumstances, endorsing the minority’s nationalism often involves not only the radical exclusion from the state’s elite, but a considerable risk to one’s own life. Kedourie, Nairn, Breuilly and Smith agree on the great relevance of mass support if a nationalist movement is to succeed. During Francoism, as I will analyse in detail in Chapter 3, the greatest threat to the survival of the core components of Catalan identity was the widening gap between an intellectual elite cultivating Catalan high culture and the mass of the population more vulnerable to the homogenizing policies of Franco’s regime.

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