“The Beauty of the Inexplicable”

A Social History of Gibraltar: The Spaniard and the Briton
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


This chapter looks at ‘Gibraltar’ as extending considerably beyond the limits of British Gibraltar today and including the wider Campo de Gibraltar region. Through this lens, we can read a history of Gibraltarians, northern and southern, with a shared history of culture, work, and kinship, albeit divided by an international border. I argue that we cannot understand the Gibraltar question without addressing the issues of the broader Gibraltar area and, in particular, the now divided cities of La Línea and Gibraltar which functioned as one until well into the twentieth century. The Rock of Gibraltarians and those in the Campo are the product of a single historical fact and, at present, share a common history that has been altered, separated, sectioned, and faced-off by the British presence since 1704. This has produced a disabled destiny, which at this moment finds no common road map towards agreement, reconciliation, and the recognition that there is a single community living on both sides of a fence.


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  1. 1.Universidad Rey Juan CarlosMadridSpain

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