Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Catalans by Jan Read

The Catalans by Jan Read is a history of the people of Spain [and part of France] that have often strived for independence. This was published in 1978 so probably some of the analysis is out of date with current historical thought but it probably is okay. This is a narrative history written as an introduction.

Most of the narrative is discussing the various attempts to maintain independence from occupiers either Romans, Franks, Moors, various Spanish kings, Napoleon and Franco. There is not just a political history but also a cultural and economic one. Particularly this involves the literary and legal status of Catalan. There's also a further reading section which as noted above could be rather out of date.


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