Basque nationalism and the Spanish state /
André Lecours.
Reno : University of Nevada Press, c2007.
xiii, 238 p. ; 24 cm.
0874177227 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780874177220 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Reno : University of Nevada Press, c2007.
0874177227 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780874177220 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
The early Spanish state -- The centralizing state -- The authoritarian state -- The democratic state -- Basque paradiplomacy -- The management of Basque nationalism in Spain -- Basque nationalism in comparative perspective.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-230) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-05-01:
This book is an important contribution to the literature on nationalism. Without disregarding some established approaches like primordialism and modernism, Lecours (Concordia Univ., Canada) introduces a historical institutionalist analysis of Basque nationalism and effectively brings the state back in. In essence, Lecours argues that the Spanish state was never strong enough institutionally to tame Basque nationalism and always made do with confederalism and federalism. In contrast, the French state--from the Ancien Regime through the universalizing efforts of the postrevolutionary Jacobin regimes--incorporated its Basque population within powerful institutional structures before the ethnonational politicization of 19th-century Europe, which included Basques. The repressive Franco period then further stimulated Basque reactive nationalism, and today Spain is a state that encapsulates Basque and Catalan parastates. For the author, the critical issues in the history of the Spanish state involved timing and the lack of state capacity to create institutional arrangements for political pathways and choices that might have enticed Basques away from demands for separatism. This impressive effort concludes with a very insightful comparison of the Basque case with nationalisms in Scotland, Quebec, Flanders, and Catalonia. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. S. Majstorovic University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire
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Basque nationalism has been extensively examined from the perspectives of Basque culture and internal conditions in the Basque Country, but Andre Lecours is among the first to demonstrate how Basque nationalism was shaped by the many forms and historical phases of the Spanish state. His discussion employs one of the most debated approaches in the social sciences--historical institutionalism--and it includes an up-to-date examination of the circumstances for, and consequences of, recent events such as ETA's announcement in 2006 of a permanent cease-fire. Lecours also analyzes other aspects of Basque nationalism, including the international relations of the Basque Autonomous Government, as well as the responses of the contemporary Spanish state and how it deploys its own brand of nationalism. Finally, the book offers a comparative discussion of Basque, Catalan, Scottish, Flemish, and Quebecois nationalist movements, suggesting that nationalism in the Basque Country, despite the historical presence of violence, is in many ways similar to nationalism in other industrialized democracies. Basque Nationalism and the Spanish State is an original and provocative discussion that is essential reading for anyone interested in the Basques or in the development of modern nationalist movements.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables
Introductionp. 1
The Early Spanish Statep. 25
The Centralizing Statep. 40
The Authoritarian Statep. 62
The Democratic Statep. 83
Basque Paradiplomacyp. 114
The Management of Basque Nationalism in Spainp. 135
Basque Nationalism in Comparative Perspectivep. 157
Conclusionp. 177
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 231
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