Link: “In Catalonia, Class Struggle and National Dispute Have Gone Hand in Hand

Original post found at: https://jacobin.com/2023/02/catalonia-independence-struggle-peoples-history-book-review/

A review of A People’s History of Catalonia by Michael Eaude which gives a broad overview of Catalan history since the Middle Ages. Despite the title, it does admit that nationalists have played reactionary roles in Catalan politics at times (like opposing the workers’ revolution in the 1930s, or ushering in neoliberal reforms in the 80s and 90s). Still, it shows how Catalonia – as a highly industrialised region of Spain – has often been a leader in radical struggle, and that aspirations for national sovereignty have often complemented the demands of the workers’ movement rather than been at cross-purposes with them. Maybe I should buy and read the whole book 😛