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Will Catalonia be another Scotland? A new book tracks the struggle for independence

Raphael Minder's book shows why the struggle for Catalonian independence is only one of the questions Spain faces

By Ian Irvine   October 2017

On 1st October Catalonia’s regional government plans to hold a binding referendum on independence from Spain. There are many parallels between Catalonia and Scotland—their distinctive cultures and institutions, their populations and the relative size to those of their respective polities, their incorporation into those larger states in the early 18th century, their successful industrialisation, and their collections of historical and current grievances (of varying degrees of legitimacy) which have fuelled the rise in nationalist politics. (As in Scotland before its referendum, polls currently show the anti-secession camp 10 points ahead.)


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