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The Making of the Basque Nation

Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521040280

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  • Set against the historical background of Spain's unification as a modern state, this book is a study of a complex, frequently violent, political phenomenon - Basque nationalism - which after ninety years continues to constitute a major challenge to Spain's established political order. It examines the origins of Basque nationalism in the Basque industrial heartland of Bilbao in the 1890s and analyses its development up to 1980 when the Basque country finally achieved home rule. In particular, the book shows how Basque nationalism operated upon the residents of the Basque country, divided by culture, loyalties, divergent economic and political aspirations and history, to create a new and exclusive political entity - the Basque nation. The main fieldwork was conducted during the two years surrounding the death of General Franco in 1975, a period of exceptional violence in the Basque country that marked Spain's transition from an authoritarian regime to a democratic one. Using a theoretical approach, the book provides an empirical analysis of one of Spain's most intractable political problems during a decisive period of Spanish history.

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    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521040280
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    Preface
    Introduction: empire and the emergence of Spain
    Part I. From plurality to Basque ethnic solidarity
    1. The Basques in history
    2. The foundations of the modern Basque country
    3. History as myth
    4. From the illuminated few to the Basque moral community
    5. The moral community and its enemies
    6. 'España, una, libre y grande'
    7. The moral community, from clandestinity to power
    Part II. Inside the Moral Community: the Village of Elgeta, Guipúzcoa: Introduction
    8. Social organization in Elgeta
    9. Morality manifested: village politics, 1872–1936
    10. Hierarchy reimposed
    11. Hierarchy dismantled
    Postscript
    Conclusion: ethnic nationalists and patron-clients in southern Europe
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Marianne Heiberg, Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt, Oslo

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