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The Rise of Catalan Independence

Spain’s Territorial Crisis, 1st Edition

By Andrew Dowling


194 pages

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As recently as the mid-2000s, Catalonia was described and analysed by scholars as exhibiting a non-secessionist nationalism and was seen within Europe and beyond as a role model for successful devolution which had much to teach other parts of the world. The Spanish state seemed to be on a journey towards an authentic federal order and was generally admired. However, the new century has been marked by an ever-growing independence movement, with 47.8 per cent of Catalonia voting in favour of independence in September 2015. Pro-independence mobilization has produced a rupture in political relations with the rest of Spain leading to a sovereignty struggle with Madrid.

This book explores how an accumulation of long-, medium- and short-term factors have produced the current situation and why the Spanish territorial model has been unable or possibly, unwilling, to respond. The Catalan question is not purely a Spanish problem: it has direct implications for the traditional nation-state model, in Europe and beyond.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: History and context

Chapter 2: Culture, language and identity

Chapter 3: The crisis of Catalanism

Chapter 4: Constructing a movement for independence

Chapter 5: Catalonia, north of the south, south of the north: The economic crisis and its consequences


About the Author

Andrew Dowling is a Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Cardiff University. He has previously written Catalonia since the Spanish Civil War: Reconstructing the Nation (2012), which was published in Catalan as La Reconstrucció Nacional de Catalunya, 1939-2012 (2013).

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