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What's Up with Catalonia?

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On September 11, 2012, on Catalonia's National Day, 1.5 million people from all over Catalonia marched peacefully and joyfully through the streets of Barcelona, behind a single placard: Catalonia: New State in Europe. Fifteen days later, President Artur Mas called snap elections for the Parliament of Catalonia, in order to hold a referendum that would let the people of ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published February 25th 2013 by Catalonia Press (first published 2013)
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Gopala Krishna Koduri
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is definitely a special read for me. The state I grew up in (Andhra Pradesh, India), is on the verge of being split into two parts. Incidentally it so happened that I stepped into another part of the world for a PhD, where a similar story is brewing. Sure enough, that set my curiosity on fire!

As I read through the book, each chapter gave a different perspective about the Catalan nationalism. Especially, the parlance drawn with other similar regions around the world highlighting the
Roy Lotz
Do not invite an American to speak about Europe; he will usually display great presumption and a rather ridiculous arrogance.
Alexis de Toqueville

Perhaps the most politically controversial topic here in Madrid is the Catalonian independence movement. Almost everyone I speak to is vigorously against it, for one reason or another. Ive heard people say that it is just a bluff for political negotiations; that it is based on calculated lies; that it is illegal and unconstitutional; that the Catalans
Elizabeth Castro
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Granted, I'm biased, since I am the editor! I think "What's up with Catalonia?" is a great collection of articles on the current political situation in Catalonia, written specifically for a non-Catalan audience. The articles, written by 35 experts and with a prologue by Catalan President Artur Mas, are short and sweet and give a clear explanation of the economic, historical, linguistic, educational, and cultural backstory to Catalonia's fight for independence.

It's the perfect book for a one-time
Oct 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: politics_economy
Nobody would accuse this book of being unbiased. It is a one-sided account of the reasons why Catalonia is on an unavoidable course towards secession. Nary a line will the reader find towards exploring the opposing view. Published through as an educational aid to bolster the independentist agenda, it contains some minor typos, unverified statements, contradictions and - especially - omissions.
Some main ideas are repeated ad nauseam :
a) Spain and Catalonia as two de facto
Benjamin Eskola
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Benjamin by: Carles
Not a bad introduction to some of the issues around Catalan independence: economics, culture, education, and so on. Got a little repetitive towards the end; it felt like the different authors were writing on the same few topics, so it was hard to remain interested in yet another essay about the Catalan bilingual education system or the economic asymmetry between Catalonia and Spain. On the whole, though, not a bad read, and I look forward to seeing the referendum results within the next year.
Aug 24, 2019 added it
Is unity in diversity possible?

Two concepts dominate discussions on minority protection: Diversity and unity. They are often presented as antagonistic. But diversity is not the antonym of unity. Its the antonym of uniformity. Yet in the name of unity, states forcefully streamline diverse populations towards uniformity.

The Catalans are no exception to this experience. Under dictator Francisco Franco (1939-1975) Catalan language was banned and any expression of Catalan identity was met with
Michael Macdonald
Excellent range of arguments for a free Catalonia

Imagine a country dominated by a right wing nationalist party that concentrates economic and cultural power in the capital city. Catalonia 's case for independence is carefully argued by a range of advocates. Any democrat in Europe would condemn the threats of violence from the Spanish state but strangely we hear nothing. Read this book and understand why the Catalans want freedom from Madrid.
Miguel Teles
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
'What's up with Catalonia' is a good collection and translation of a series of articles by renowned academics/politicians/journalists about the secessionist movement of Catalonia. It ends up being a fairly good explanation to any foreigner that wishes to have some historical and political background on the evolution of the movement, the happenings on the origin of its recent growth and how a new state of Catalonia would exist in the world of today if the movement succeeds.

That being said, I also
Yovko Lambrev
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Четейки тази книга непрекъснато си задавах един въпрос - за сходствата и за различията между Каталуния и България. Знам, че на пръв поглед да говорим за сходства е странно, но има доста - в мащаба, в съдбата... И в същото време, разбира се, контрастите впечатляват повече, особено в контекста на икономическо развитие, градска култура, книгоиздаване, обществен диалог, медии, отношение към имигранти, влияние и използване на Интернет и социални мрежи, образование и политика.

Основната идея на тази
Nicholas Whyte
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013, 1303, b13[return][return]This is a digestible book of 35 essays about Catalonia, all written at the end of last year, which is being widely distributed by sympathisers of the Catalan cause. The two key grievances which come up again and again are the question of fiscal imbalance, where Catalonia feels that it is subsidising the manifestly unsuccessful policies of the central Spanish state, over which is has little say and for which it gets little in return; and ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro interesante, especialmente para aquellos que no conocen esta realidad. Una población con su propio territorio, una identidad cultural y sus propias instituciones políticas debería tener todo el derecho democrático a decidir sobre su futuro.

A book interesting, especially for those who do not know this reality. A population with its own territory, a cultural identity and its own political institutions should have all the democratic right to decide on their future.
Kayle Barnes
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is a great primer on what's up with Catalonia. Some readers have noted the repetition in certain segments about language especially, I think this minor flaw emphasizes just how integral language is to culture, especially in the Catalans' case. Took away a deep sense of how important the independence issue is and how it won't go away regardless of the referendum this year.
Ellie Silcox
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have the slightest interest in nationalism, I would recommend this book.
I thought it was brilliant! I love how it presents a range of views across Catalan nationalism highlighting the cultural, economic and political aspects.
Casper Borly
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Gives a profound introduction into how the Catalans sees themselves. I enjoyed most of the book, however I could have used that some of the texts were not completely biased.
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