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2009

Spanish history

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The Spanish Case For Europe. The Power Of Cultural Identity, Gonzalo Navajas Jun 2009

The Spanish Case For Europe. The Power Of Cultural Identity, Gonzalo Navajas

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Europe has not been for Spain an easily assumed identity, a home within which Spaniards could find accommodation. Yet, for the first time in modern history, Spain has become fully integrated in the political and economic system of Europe and it functions within it as a strong and dedicated partner. Paradoxically, this new order has developed simultaneously with the increasing assertion of the local nationalities. I propose that the current political and cultural situation in both Europe and Spain has created the appropriate conditions for an extensive reexamination of the conventional European/Spanish paradigm. That is so because the circumstances ...


Spanish Identity: Nation, Myth, And History, Jesús Torrecilla Jun 2009

Spanish Identity: Nation, Myth, And History, Jesús Torrecilla

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

In the last two centuries, conservatives and liberals have offered two mutually exclusive visions of Spanish history, each with distinct myths, symbols, and heroes. The conservative image, formed in the Middle Ages, was based on the myth of the Reconquest and the need to restore (or keep) the homogeneity of a country characterized by its Christian religion and Latin culture. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, faced with Napoleon’s invasion, Spanish liberals understood the danger of associating their modern ideas with France and invented a progressive and democratic Spanish tradition. According to their interpretation, the most authentic Spain ...