The Struggle for Catalonia: Rebel Politics in Spain

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Oxford University Press, 2017 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - 355 pages
Every year on 11 September, Catalonia celebrates its Diada, its National Day. But the Diada of 2012 was like none other, as an enormous crowd calling for Catalan independence took over the heart of Barcelona.

Despite the carnival-like atmosphere that day, the people were very serious about their demands. On the back of this show of force, Catalonia's governing politicians turned secessionist claims into a new headache for a government in Madrid that had only just survived a near-meltdown of Spain's financial system.
Four years later, the separatist challenge has neither come to fruition, nor faded away. This book looks at how and why Catalan separatism reached the top of Spain's political agenda, as well as its connection to the broader European malaise generated by flawed political responses to financial and other crises.

Through extensive travel and reporting, as well as over fifty interviews with leading Catalan personalities, Raphael Minder explains how Catalans feel about their economy, history and culture, and how secessionist forces have tried to reshape Catalan identity.

 

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Contents

1 Creating Statehood on the Streets
1
2 Celebrating a Defeat
21
3 Catalonias Hazy Borders
33
4 Remembering the Civil War and Franco
53
5 Reviving a Language after Dictatorship
75
6 Catalonias Great Melting Pot
95
7 A Conservative Divorce
113
8 The Shared Disease of Corruption
127
14 The Business of Sharing
215
15 The Violence of Basque Secessionism
227
16 Civil Disobedience and the Rule of Law
243
17 Playing Politics in Catalan Sports
257
18 Pleasures and Tensions around the Table
273
19 The Facts of a Good News Story
287
Conclusion
299
List of Interviews
305

9 A Diplomatic Battle Across Europe
139
10 Barcelona a City Before a Nation
151
11 The Symbolism of a Tower and a Tree
169
12 The Decline of Church and Crown
185
13 Financing Spains Economic Powerhouse
195
Notes
315
Index
323
Photos
356
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Raphael Minder is a journalist who spent ten years as a staff correspondent for the Financial Times in Paris, Brussels, Sydney and finally Hong Kong, as regional correspondent for Asia. Since 2010, he has been New York Times correspondent for Spain and Portugal, covering a financial crisis that has turned political, including the territorial conflict over Catalonia.

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