Constructing Catalan Identity

Memory, Imagination, and the Medieval

  • Michael A.  Vargas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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    Pages 1-16
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-19
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      Pages 21-27
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  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-94
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 183-197

About this book


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.


Middle Ages Catalans Barcelona Catalonia and Castille Catalan identity Catalan autonomy Medieval Catalonia Medievalism Catalan Mediterranean Empire Medieval Barcelona Catalanism Catalan Rennaissance Renaixença Spanish history Catalan history Memory Studies Catalan independence referendum Catalan language

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael A.  Vargas
    • 1
  1. 1.State University of New York at New PaltzNYUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76743-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76744-4
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