From the Origins of Catalonia to the Eighteenth Century



Catalonia is located at the north-eastern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, between the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean, and the Ebro basin. It covers an area slightly larger than Belgium and has 6 million inhabitants, more, for instance, than Denmark. Catalonia has a language of its own, which produced a literature from the thirteenth century onwards and fulfils all the requirements of a present-day culture. Since 1979 Catalonia has enjoyed political autonomy, exercising powers which, though far inferior to those of the member states of a federal republic such as Germany or the United States, constitute a recognition of its collective personality and are slowing down the effects of centuries of oppression of the identity of the Catalan people by the Spanish state.


Balearic Island Thirteenth Century Fifteenth Century Fourteenth Century Twelfth Century 
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© Albert Balcells 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Autonomous University of BarcelonaSpain

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