Constructing Catalan Identity

Memory, Imagination, and the Medieval
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erschienen im Mai 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • XIV, 197 Seiten
978-3-319-76743-7 (ISBN)
 
This is a book about how Catalans use their past, real and imagined, in the construction of their present and future. Michael A. Vargas inventories the significant people, signal events, and familiar icons that constitute the Catalan collective memory, from Wilfred the Hairy and Sant Jordi to the mountain monastery of Montserrat, red peasant caps, and human towers in town squares. He then considers how that inventory is employed to posit a brilliant political heritage at the forefront of modern European democracy-and for some, to build a powerful independence movement. As the future of Catalonia remains fraught, this book offers a lively and engaging exploration of how we draw upon history to confront contemporary challenges.
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Michael A. Vargas is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the State University of New York at New Paltz, USA. He is the author of Taming a Brood of Vipers: Conflict and Change in Fourteenth-Century Dominican Convents (2011).
1. Introduction I. Inventory 2. Events and Accidents 3. Princes and People 4. Patrons, Protectors, and Creative Defenders 5. Castle, Coast, and Cathedral II. Making Meaning 6. Decadence and Renaissance 7. Medievalizing and Modernizing 8. Fighting Words 9. Epilogue: In an October of Another Year
This is a book about how Catalans use their past, real and imagined, in the construction of their present and future. Michael A. Vargas inventories the significant people, signal events, and familiar icons that constitute the Catalan collective memory, from Wilfred the Hairy and Sant Jordi to the mountain monastery of Montserrat, red peasant caps, and human towers in town squares. He then considers how that inventory is employed to posit a brilliant political heritage at the forefront of modern European democracy-and for some, to build a powerful independence movement. As the future of Catalonia remains fraught, this book offers a lively and engaging exploration of how we draw upon history to confront contemporary challenges.

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