Separatist movements are a recurrent theme in Spanish history, and with the end of the Franquist regime home rule for Catalonia is once again a live issue. Since its emergence as a Principality in its own right under the shield of Charlemagne and the Franks, Catalonia has always been distinct from the rest of Spain; and demands for autonomy are rooted in the past. Jan Read traces the history of Catalonia from Roman times until the present day, describing its union with the Kingdom of Aragon, the exploits of James the Conqueror, its expansion across the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages, its amalgamation with Castile and the subsequent tragic rebellions and wars, when the Catalans strove to maintain their individuality as a nation.
This is not a formal 'history book' account; it touches on the literary and scientific achievements of a Ramon Llull or Arnold or Vilanova, the origins of the Catalan language, the nineteenth-century literary revival of the Renaixenca and resurgence of nationalism, the emergence of the labour movement in Barcelona and the divisions between parties of the left during the Civil War.Jan Read's graphic and carefully researched book, the only one of it's kind in English, will interest any reader who wishes to look beyond the headlines and to understand the situation in Catalonia today.
Book condition is very good. Pages are clean and bright.