280 pages | 18 B/W Illus.
To the outside world, for some half a century, the words ‘Basque Country’ have provoked an almost instant association with the Euskadi ta Askatasuna (ETA - Basque Homeland and Liberty) separatist group, and violent conflict. The Basque Contention: Ethnicity, Politics, Violence attempts to undo this simplistic correlation, and for the first time, provide a definitive history of the wider political issues at the heart of the Basque Country.
Drawing on three decades of research on Basque nationalism, Ludger Mees weaves together the various historical and contemporary strands of this contention: from the late medieval kingdoms of Spain and France and the first articulations of a Basque ethno-particularism, to the dissolution of ETA in 2018, and all manner of dictatorships, conflict, peace, civil war, political intrigue, hope and failure in-between.
For anyone who has ever wanted to gain an insight into the Basque Country beyond the headlines of ETA, and grasp the complexity of its relationship with Spain, France and indeed itself, this volume provides a detailed, yet digestible, basis for such an understanding.
List of Figures
The Noble Savage
In search of a name
The Grande Nation
On the Spanish side of the border
The Founding Father
Aggiornamento and constitutionalization
From contentious politics to war
Paris, Berlin, New York
Cold War does not speak Basque
Nation building and coercion
Economic growth, social unrest and politics
The appeal of revolutionary nationalism
Spaniards, Franco has died!
The appeal of the National Front
Constitutional versus historical rights
Autonomy or independence?
New policies, old spectres
From hegemony to power sharing
Reviving the 1936 experience: the entente between opponents
Pan-nationalist temptations, first edition
The microcosm of violence
A new swing of the PNV pendulum
From pluralism to polarization: nationalists versus constitutionalists
Secret talks around a cooking pot
The PNV at a crossroads
The unexpected aftermath of a car bomb
Back to the roots
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