This book traces the formation of ETA (Euskadi ta Askatasuna) and the tensions created by its combination and aims: socialism and Basque nationalism. The Basque Nationalist movement emerged in the late nineteenth century as a response to the rapid transformation of Basque society by industrialisation. The influx of Spanish-speaking workers to Basque territories seemed to threaten the stability of basque society. Gradually the immigrants became absorbed into the radical struggle, with the creation of illegal trade unions and the need to resist the Franco regimne by whatever means.
Over the next half century Basque consicousness developed until the radical nationalist organisation ETA was formed in 1959.
Table of Contents
1. Basque Nationalism from its Origins until the 1950s 2. ETA’s First Steps 1951-1967 3. The Beginnings of Armed Struggle: Spring 1967 to Autumn 1970 4. The Burgos Trial 5. The return to Radical Nationalism Part 1: The Decline of ETA-VI Part 2: The Rise of ETA-V 6. The Twilight of Dictatorship, 1974-1977 7. From the Election to the Constitution: June 1977 – December 1979 8. ETA in a Parliamentary Democracy.
John L. Sullivan