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An examination of Basque nationalism from a historical perspectiveBasque nationalism has been extensively examined from the perspectives of Basque culture and internal conditions in the Basque Country, but Andre Lecours is among the first to demonstrate how Basque nationalism was shaped by the many forms and historical phases of the Spanish state. His discussion employs one of the most debated approaches in the social sciences — historical institutionalism — and it includes an up-to-date examination of the circumstances for, and consequences of, recent events such as ETA’s announcement in 2006 of a permanent cease-fire.

Lecours also analyzes other aspects of Basque nationalism, including the international relations of the Basque Autonomous Government, as well as the responses of the contemporary Spanish state and how it deploys its own brand of nationalism. Finally, the book offers a comparative discussion of Basque, Catalan, Scottish, Flemish, and Quebecois nationalist movements, suggesting that nationalism in the Basque Country, despite the historical presence of violence, is in many ways similar to nationalism in other industrialized democracies.

Basque Nationalism and the Spanish State is an original and provocative discussion that is essential reading for anyone interested in the Basques or in the development of modern nationalist movements.

About the Author

Andre Lecours has published extensively on nationalist movements in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Spain, as well as on paradiplomacy and institutionalist theory. He is associate professor of political science at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

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