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Between the Mobs and the Troops: The Catalan Challenge

Sebastian Balfour

in The End of the Spanish Empire, 1898–1923

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780198205074
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676482 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205074.003.0006
Between the Mobs and the Troops: The Catalan Challenge

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Few Catalans seriously considered the possibility of an independent Catalan state. In fact, ‘separatism’ was a loose term wielded by Spanish nationalist opinion of all hues to deride regional movements for autonomy. However, the word acquired a special resonance after the loss of the colonies since they, like Catalonia, had been seen as an integral part of Spain. But most Catalan nationalists sought autonomy not independence and many were staunch Spanish patriots. But in the wake of the Disaster, bourgeois disaffection and a revived Catalan nationalism converged in a movement that swept aside the established parties in Catalonia and appeared briefly to challenge the Restoration system itself.

Keywords: Spain; Catalania; separatism; Restoration; autonomy

Chapter.  13956 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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