In this second interview with Simon we looked at the last century of political Catalanism and then bring it right up to date by reviewing the recent Spanish election
In an interesting informative chat Simon gave an in depth master class on the history of Catalonia and the Push for Independence
A very enjoyable hour , thank you Simon – I now have a greater appreciation of Catalonian history
The book on which the interview is based ‘Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective’
How much does the world know about Catalonia and its role as a great medieval empire and one of Europe’s first nation states? In Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective author Simon Harris takes the reader through 1,000 years of Catalan history focusing on the Principality’s often difficult relationship with Castile-dominated Spain. This insightful and balanced history gives an insider’s background to the current political situation and why Catalonia is engaged in a process for deciding whether it wants to be independent from Spain.
I have lived in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, since 1988, where I have had a career as a minor rock star and then a university-level teacher of English and translator. My main writing topics are Catalan history, language and culture. I had my first book Going Native in Catalonia published by Native Spain in 2008 and self-published Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective in late 2014
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