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The Illusion of Statehood

Perceptions of Catalan Independence up to the End of the Spanish Civil War

Arnau Gonzàlez i Vilalta is Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, specializing in Catalan nationalism, the history of Spain and European diplomacy during the interwar period.

Enric Ucelay-Da Cal is Emeritus Professor at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. His influential research and writings on Catalan nationalism and the history of late modern Spain have a deserved international audience.

With their dramatic descriptions of black masses and cannibalistic feasts, the records generated by the Basque witch-craze of 1609–14 provide us with arguably the most demonologically-stereotyIn the long history of Catalan nationalism, it is curious that the period during which Catalonia enjoyed the highest level of autonomy, the years of the Spanish Civil War, is perhaps the least known. The present volume, with four major contributions from Catalan historians and a fifth from a Galician scholar, fills the gap with a remarkable combination of erudition and originality. The chapters make compelling reading of issues surrounding European statehood. Herewith an immensely important and original contribution to the history of both Catalan nationalism and of the Spanish Civil War.
Prof. Paul Preston, London School of Economics

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