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The Struggle for Catalonia: Rebel Politics in Spain

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Every year on 11 September, Catalonia celebrates its Diada, its National Day. But the Diada of 2012 was like none other, as an enormous crowd calling for Catalan independence took over the heart of Barcelona.

Despite the carnival-like atmosphere that day, the people were very serious about their demands. On the back of this show of force, Catalonia's governing politicians t
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Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Hurst
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Ben Edwards
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Written by an NYT journalist and felt like a collection of long-reads strung together. The problem is that it wasn’t written in enough depth to be useful now it is 3 years old. An important subject but I think I need to try another book in Catalonia to feel more informed.
Sam Romilly
This is a very in depth study of what is going on in Catalonia. Despite being written in 2017 it already feels out of date as the referendum has not even taken place by the time the book ends. It does give a very good overview of all the recent and historical events that have given rise to such an intensity of debate. Where the book does well is in trying to give a balanced opinion which in these times as difficult to find. The technique though is quite journalistic in that quotes from various e ...more
Leah Rachel von Essen
The Struggle for Catalonia: Rebel Politics in Spain by Raphael Minder is a superbly researched and in-depth investigation into the arguments for and against Catalan independence. Minder explores the history, culture, language, and politics of Catalonia, using anecdotes and stories to highlight the many facets of Catalonia’s identity and its movements for autonomy or independence. It is balanced, and fascinating, and helped me reach a very informed point of view. By analyzing Catalonia’s present ...more
Emilythemighty
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I learned a lot while reading this book, but I found the writing choppy and difficult to follow. I should have approached it as a series of articles, I think, rather than a single cohesive piece of nonfiction.
Ivan
A well-informed report on how to pro-independence movement boosted in Catalonia.

You may read my thoughts on it (in Catalan) in my personal blog: https://lobloc.net/2019/08/23/the-str...
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Grim-Anal King
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Skips around all over the place like an arty documentary, apparently failing to establish a coherent narrative, but maybe that's the point, this isn't going anywhere, both sides are replete with clowns, welcome to Scotland, I mean Catalonia.....
hoffnarr
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast but fairly up to date survey of the Catalonia crisis by a Swiss journalist with broad coverage of themes and issues, including some cultural, historical, and even culinary context.
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