Catalan Historical Review, No 10 (2017)

The historiographic renovation on the nation in the late 20th century and the case of Catalonia

Jordi Casassas


This article considers the need, when studying nationalism, to combine the analysis of the particular case with the status of the issue in the analysis of the generic nation/nationalism which brings us to the historical time when the study is being conducted. What stands out currently is the importance of the historiographic renovation spearheaded by a group of historians, sociologists, anthropologists
and political scientists in the first half of the 1980s. And because of his popularity, E. Hobsbawm’s contribution particularly stands out. In a complementary fashion, it also advances a hypothesis on the reasons behind this historiographic renovation. The last part of the article focuses on determining the effects this renovation had on analyses of Catalanism.

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