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The Origins of Catalan Nationalism, 1770–1898


About this book


This book looks at the reasons behind the emergence of a Catalan nationalist movement from the late 1880s, one of the most important developments that took place in nineteenth-century Spain, with the 'Catalan question' thereafter never far from the centre of the Spanish political stage.


Nationalism Regionalism Catalonia Catalan nationalism Catalan history Spanish history church construction identity project reason Romanticism Spain Spanish stage

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeedsUK

About the authors

Angel Smith is Reader in Modern Spanish History at the University of Leeds, UK. He has worked predominately in the areas of Spanish labour and social history and national identities and nationalisms in Spain. His most recent works are The Agony of Spanish Liberalism: From Revolution to Dictatorship, 1913–23 (edited with Francisco J. Romero Salvadó), Historical Dictionary of Spain, 2nd ed. (2009) and Anarchism, Revolution and Reaction: Catalan Labour and the Crisis of the Spanish State, 1898–1923 (2007)..

Bibliographic information


“This timely book … offers a constructivist perspective on identity formation. As such, it is a welcome addition to a literature that too often upholds a version of historicist teleology that is found even in the work of noted scholars like Jaume Vicens Vives. … this comprehensive text is a must–read for students and scholars of Spanish history and for those interested in the roots of political controversies in contemporary Spain.” (Scott Eastman, Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Vol. 41 (1), 2016)